J. Schram, North Coast – 2006 – Champagnes and sparkling wines for ringing in the new year – Chicago Sun Times
“The Chicago metro market held its own last year, consuming the second largest amount of sparkling wines and Champagne in the U.S., according to the Wine Institute. The city ranked just behind New York but overshadowed other major markets in the country.
“With worldwide production for domestic and imported bubbles rising by more than 40 percent over the past 10 years and consumption increasing by 30 percent within the same period, odds are these numbers will continue to climb…This yearly summary includes some domestic and imported favorites in all categories.
“2006 J Schram: This sparkling wine is dedicated to Schramberg’s founder, J Schram, and represents 3 percent of the total production. It consistently ranks among the elite sparkling wines in comparison to the best from Champagne. It’s a Blanc de Blanc style that spends seven years in the bottle before being disgorged and is composed of 86 percent Chardonnay and 14 percent Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional Champagne method, this sparkling wine has a light gold color with a very fine mousse and exotic roasted nut aromas, which are often mistaken for a high-end tête de cuvée Champagne from France. It has crème brûlée, toast and rich butter cookies in the middle along with a memorable finish that lasts for minutes. Owner Hugh Davies is definitely on his game with this sensual delight.”
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