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Scharffenberger Brut

750 ml.


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Where it's produced

United States
North Coast

What's in the Bottle

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Product Details

Scharffenberger Cellars
750 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

Product Overview

  • Food pairing: Asian, seafood, spicy foods, poultry
  • Flavor type: fruit-forward
  • Body type: light-medium
  • Finish: crisp

Scharffenberger Brut  NV / 750 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • OT Other Review Service
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

92 pts. : ,

This latest edition… is the best yet.

91 pts. : December 1, 2013

This lovely Mendocino sparkler, crafted from two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir, has lilting apple and honey aromas buoyed by a thick head of mousse. There is a pleasing follow-through from aroma to flavor and a core of ripe apple. Dry, soft with a long finish, this is a hard-to-resist food-friendly wine ready to pair widely.

91 pts. : March, 2006

Here’s a polished, elegant wine, very dry, with delicate flavors of citrus rind, bread dough and yeast, toast and vanilla. It has a lightness and charm on the palate that make it irresistible.

90 pts. : December 15, 1997

Pale straw appearance. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Roasted coffee, smoke, citrus fruits. Rich, roasted aromas have a smoky accent. Gernerous smoky citrus flavors expand on the palate and persist through the finish. Showing nice development.

90 pts. : December 1, 2010

Great price for a brut this classically structured. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it’s dry and crisp, with a fine mousse that gives it a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The pineapple, raspberry and vanilla flavors are delicious.

90 pts. : December 1, 2009

This is a pale, dry sparkling wine with a robust pinot noir scent. The yeastiness leaves an impression of smoky richness, with a stony mineral note. Delicious with wood-roasted oysters.

90 pts. : December 15, 2011

Bright aromas of green apple and lime lead to vibrant, layered flavors of citrus, anise and creamy vanilla. Drink now.

90 pts. : December 15, 2013

A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. Drink now.

89 pts. : December 1, 1993

Pretty and clear, this Brut balances complex lemon and toast with a slight caramel character on the nose. The wine really shines on the palate, where rich berry character comes through. Quite dry, with persistent flavors. John Scharffenberger has taken this winery a long way with the infusion of capital from the French firm of Lanson/Pommery. He continues his strong showing in the Competition with three silver medals this year.

88 pts. : December 1, 1995

Medium light body. Medium acid and fruit. Honey, flowers, lemons, herbs. Very fine and elegant, nicely balanced, with a mouth- watering citrus twist. Quite similar to French Champagne.

88 pts. : May/Jun 1997

Very active, pinpoint bubbles; toast and wood dominate the nose; flavors of toast, butter and fresh apples; citrus notes on a long, balanced close; clean; attractive value.

87 pts. : December 31, 1996

Strikes a nice balance of ripe pear, spice, apple and creamy vanilla flavors. Elegant and spicy on the finish.

87 pts. : December 1, 2007

Grapey and simple, this wine melds a touch of cherry with pale apple flavors, finishing warm. Chill it for poached prawns.

87 pts. : November 30, 1997

Emits toast and yeast on the nose, but the fruit has a bit of a green edge. Still, it has pleasant nut, fig and citrus qualities.

87 pts. : May/Jun 2012

Light, bright gold. Green apple and quinine on the citrus-accented nose. Very dry and nervy on the palate, which offers taut lemon and orchard fruit flavors and a hint of bitter herbs. Slightly pinched on the finish but there's good focus and cut here. This bubbly has a low 2.95 pH, which no doubt contributes to its racy character.

87 pts. : December 15, 2005

Distinctive for its baked pear, orange zest and spice notes with crisp apple and lemon flavors blended nicely, adding richness on the finish. Drink now.

85 pts. : December 1, 2005

Toasty and clean, this has a nutty, straw-like scent and a soft texture. Serve it with baked brie or baked ham with apples.

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…has a perfume of citrus and vanilla, nuanced with peach and pear. The grapefruit, green apple and peach flavors are very clean, fresh and flavorful.

: December 1, 1996

Never objectionable… Scharffenberger’s Brut is lean at the center with moderate richness, derived from time on the yeasts pulling it back into focus. Mouth-filling with its bubbles but slightly hard in feel and acidy at the finish, this wine needs a service with tangy shellfish dishes to show at its best.

: December 1, 1995

Subtlety more than potency is the message here, and wine’s lean, crisp-edged styling places it squarely amongst those wines that will show best on their own or with the lightest foods. Quiet, but mildly creamy in scent, the wine shows a foamy mousse with plenty of tiny bubbles that sustain nicely, and its crisp, relatively dry flavors carry under- played notes of minerals and green apples that linger in a tart, palate-cleansing finish.

Member Store Reviews

Okay, I’m not a huge fan of the retro label (a replica of the original 1981 label), but I sure do love the yeasty, traditional style of the wine, so I guess I’ll let it slide! Bold and doughy, with apple, canned pear and lemon notes.