Wine Spectator 90 points - This subtle rose is notable more for balance and fine texture than the quiet flavor profile of ripe currant and berry fruit, candied kumquat, biscuit and ginger. A note of smoke-tinged minerality chimes in on the finish. Drink now through 2019. -AN
(Dec 15 2014)
Vinous 90 points - (roughly 45% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay, with 9 g/l dosage; LAH9V): Dark, vivid pink. Ripe red berries, rose oil and tangerine on the nose, plus a subtle note of toasty lees. Bitter cherry and berry skin flavors give way to softer raspberry in the middle, with a tangy blood orange nuance adding cut and lift. Packs a punch but shows very good clarity and delineation, finishing round, smooth and quite long.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Rose petal pink color capped by roiling mass of tiny bubble coral-colored froth. Lightly spiced aroma evokes scents of cranberry, faint red cherry, baker’s yeast, red currant. Sour hard candy flavors of cherry and strawberry are refreshingly tart and mineral-like. Biscuity in the finish. (Jun 2014)
Wine Enthusiast 88 points - Salmon colored (and salmon would make a good pairing), this sparkling rose has deep flavors of toasty oak and black fruit, along with a swath of sweetness on the finish. (Dec 2013)
Rose Imperial is a seductive champagne with coppery shades and fruity liveliness. The Pinot Noir brings flavors of ripe, red berries and a supple, creamy finish.