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Roederer Estate Roederer Estate non-vintage Anderson Valley (California) Brut Sparkling Wine ($18.99)
Another candidate for New Year's Eve toasting (or enjoyment at any time of year), Roederer Estate, the U.S. property of the historic Champagne house of the same name, is widely recognized as one of the best California sparkling wines. Pale straw color, it shows unusually high carbonation even for a sparkler, with a persistent foamy mousse that froths up like the head on a beer and hits the nose with a bit of a prickle. Past that, it offers good fresh-apple and milk-chocolate aromas, with good fresh fruit flavors, crisp and very tangy acidity. (Dec. 3, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Demonstrating the versatility of good sparkling wine at the table, it marries well with roast Cornish hens.

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