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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2016

Creators
93 Points

If done right, sparkling wine production is time-consuming and expensive. It seems Schramsberg spares no expense. The 2016 Blanc de Noirs exhibits the nuance of age often absent from New World sparklers, with subtle notes of maturity and the richness that only develops in bubbly over time. This vintage of Schramsberg's Blanc de Noirs shows hints of red fruits, baked apple and stone fruits, with impressive palate length and a fine, persistent mousse.

Robert Whitley, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
J. Schram, North Coast – 2011

Creators
98 Points

The 2011 J. Schram is a stunning bubbly that is remarkably fresh and crisp despite its age. Showing notes of lemon, crunchy apple and toasted brioche, it reflects the classic methode traditionnelle style. On top of that, it is a California sparkler for the ages, meaning it will continue to shine for years to come if stored properly.

Robert Whitley, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2012

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
97 Points

As deep, as rich and as refined as a champenized Rosé is likely to be, the 2012 J. Schram once again garners top marks and stands at the head of its class. It is both fruity and highly autolyzed with layer upon layer of cherries and creamy yeast, and, for all of its riveting richness, it evokes an uncanny sense of polish and real elegance. It is guaranteed to complement a serving of pan-seared fois gras or the likes of Lobster Newburg in ways that few wines can do, but it is just as sure to make even everyday fare more memorable than might be imagined. It is that good!

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
J. Schram, North Coast – 2011

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95 Points

The latest J. Schram from the 2011 vintage is, as always, a wine with richness to spare. It is, at every point, from its keenly autolzyed aromas to its seemingly unending flavors, a very deep and involvingly complex working with lovely integration of its manifold parts. It possesses terrific energy while displaying an uncanny sense of grace for a wine that is as uncompromisingly rich as it is, and, although on the one hand close to hedonistic, it is, on the other, a bottle that invites slow contemplation as it reveals more and more layering with each successive sip.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Reserve, North Coast – 2011

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
95 Points

Full-on autolysis steals the stage here with near-nutty tones and toasted bread well ahead of what is now but vestigial fruit. The wine is extremely rich yet is also splendidly balanced, and, while not at all concerned with fruity brightness at this point in its life, it is enlivened by boundless, very fine bubbles. It wears its years with a great deal of grace even if it is beginning to dry just a bit at the edges, and it is a first-rate example of a well-aged cuvée that is certain to satisfy discerning fans of the style.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2017

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points

Here is an exceptionally well focused Rosé that, while deftly infused with a keen streak of yeasty richness, conveys continuous, fresh cherry fruit from start to finish and comes up a winner for its lively balance and its lovely finesse. It is long on effusive, very fine bubbles that simply refuse to quit and shows no small degree of complexity in a mannerly, neatly measured mix that, at every turn, is marked by exacting champenization, and it is wholly free of the vinous astringency to which some Rosés are prone.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2016

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91 Points

With very good reason, we have high expectations when Schramsberg’s latest Blanc de Blancs arrives each year, and the 2017 version continues what has become a long string of successes for its maker. It touches all the right bases from its creamy, unceasing mousse to its brightness and very articulate champenized complexity, and it does so with a singular sense of grace. Never timid, but always refined, it is a delight to sip on its own, and it will have very few peers as a match to a platter of fresh oysters served on the half-shell.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2016

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points

Incisively yeasty and charged with plenty of spry, mildly citrusy fruit, this comparatively elegant and refined bottling displays the brightness reminiscent of a Blanc de Blancs while quietly possessing a bit of the expected richness of a Blanc de Noirs. Balanced to crispness and buoyed by very well integrated acidity with wonderfully persistent, pin-point bubbles to spare, it fully reflects the Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs norm of being far more concerned with grace and finesse than with full volume, toasty extravagance.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2016

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points

Occupying a niche all its own, Schramsberg’s Crémant is, as always, a well-made wine that is at once forwardly fruity with a mannerly sense of autolysis and a wonderfully creamy mousse giving voice to its skillful champenization. Delicious on its own any time that the urge for a slightly sweet glass of bubbly arises, it will serve as a most interesting, if admittedly different, partner to sweet-and-spicy Asian dishes, and will come into its own teamed with all sorts of fruity, not-too-sugary desserts.

Stephen M. Eliot, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
J. Schram, North Coast – 2011

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Handsome and fully mature, this well-aged bottle of bubbles is all about complexity. Tempting aromas of toasted walnuts and buttered baguettes are backed by mellow lemon and tangerine notes that keep the palate fresh from the start to the lingering finish.

Jim Gordon, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2017

Wine Enthusiast
93 Points

Lively citrus flavors are nicely tempered by almond and bread-dough nuances in this elegant, well-balanced and rich-tasting wine. It offers more than fresh fruit, adding aged-on-the-lees complexity for a very tempting expression.

Jim Gordon, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2017

Wine Spectator
93 Points

Lithe and delicately balanced, with vibrant lemon custard, blanched almond and steely citrus tones that take on richness and speed on the long finish.

Tim Fish, November 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2016

Wine Enthusiast
94 Points

Schramsberg 2016 Crémant Méthode Champenoise Demi-Sec (Napa Valley). With a dry, floral nose, this lovely sparkler is a blend of 68% Flora, 31% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Noir, with 15% barrel fermentation. Sweet, unctuous layers of peach, pear and vanilla biscuit are lifted by a balance of fresh acidity and underlying structure, making for a cohesive experience on the palate.

Virginie Boone, December 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2017

Wine Spectator
90 Points

Brisk and fresh, with lovely rose petal and orange blossom aromas, and crisp lemon and strawberry flavors that linger. Drink now. 16,333 cases made.

Tim Fish, October 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2017

The Tasting Panel
94 Point

Fresh and juicy with the bright acidity expected of a Blanc de Blancs but with the addition of a lovely roundness and richness of fruit; lively, complete and elegant, lush and long.”

Anthony Dias Blue, September 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2016

The Wine Advocate
90 Points

The nose of the 2016 Blanc de Blancs is bright and fresh, with scents of quince peel, red apples, floral perfume, brioche and a nutty undercurrent. The light-bodied palate is dry with energetic mousse and a nice balance of mineral and tirage character, finishing with fantastic freshness. 36,209 cases produced. The Blanc de Blancs was the first cuvée Schramsberg produced, in 1965.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2016

The Wine Advocate
90 Points

The Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs was the first of its style to be produced commercially in the US, originally released in 1967. The 2016 Blanc de Noirs, made up of 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay, opens with broody bruised apples, bread dough, baked quince and floral perfume. The medium-bodied palate is rounded with pure tree fruits mingling with nutty nuance, lifted by gently creamy mousse and finishing long. 10,130 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2016

The Wine Advocate
91 Points

The 2016 Brut Rosé has a pale to medium salmon-pink color and is a blend of 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay. It has open, inviting aromas of melon, red berries, citrus peel and spices. The medium bodied-palate offers intense, berry-laced flavors with rounded, creamy mousse, and it finishes long and uplifted. 15,150 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2016

The Wine Advocate
91 Points

The 2016 Crémant Demi-Sec is a blend of 31% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Noir and 68% Flora, an unusual grape that's a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer. It has about 35 grams per liter of residual sugar, as opposed to the roughly nine to 10 grams per liter for the other sparkling wines in the Schramsberg portfolio. It opens slowly to chalk, shell, quince and loads of floral perfume from the base of aromatic Flora. The palate is medium-bodied, off-dry and very perfumed, with lively mousse and a very clean, refreshing finish. This is very well-balanced, aromatically and structurally, with its kiss o

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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Schramsberg Vineyards
J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2011

The Wine Advocate
94 Points

Schramberg's top cuvée, the 2011 J. Schram Rosé is made of 69% Chardonnay and 31% Pinot Noir. Medium salmon-pink in color, it's scented of melon, dried red berries and citrus pith with accents of crushed shell and mushroom. The palate is extraordinarily fresh and youthful, with bright berries character, finely beaded mousse and a long, fresh finish. 1,476 cases produced.

Erin Brooks, August 2020
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