A red fruit-forward nose with a tropical expressionof litchi nut and mango. Vanilla cream character which
makes for a round and full-bodied wine. After 2 years on lees there are notes of freshly baked bread and
pastry that enhances the more fruit-forward style of the wine. After several months on the cork the wine
develops caramel and hazelnut complexities.
Wine Spectator: Bright aromas of green apple and lime lead to vibrant, layered flavors of citrus, anise and creamy vanilla. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.
The wine is approximately two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir. The full malolactic style adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.
|Wine maker notes
|Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional methode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. With this type of vineyard selection, it allows us to produce our trademark cuvée.
|Serve with oysters, bay scallop appetizers, rich creamy cheeses and fresh tropical fruit.
|The history of Scharffenberger Cellars begins in 1981 in the heart of California’s Anderson Valley. Originally
founded by John Scharffenberger, the company has gone through many transitions, including a name change
when it was formally known as Pacific Echo from 1998 to 2004. Today, the name has been changed back
to Scharffenberger Cellars under the new management of Maisons, Marques & Domaines. The first release
will be the Scharffenberger Brut.