Mirabelle Brut Rosé NV by Schramsberg, North Coast California
In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies founded Schramsberg and set out to make world-class sparkling wine in the true méthode traditionelle style on the property originally established in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram. Vintage-dated Blanc de Blancs was their first offering, and Mirabelle was created in the 1990’s when the family decided to add a new style – non-vintage brut sparkling wine.
The grapes for Mirabelle are principally grown in the cool-climate pockets of California’s North Coast, including Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin County, which delivers crisp acidity to the wine. Mirabelle gains unique depth from blending additions of aged base wines, stored in barrels and tanks at the winery from prior vintages. These older lots add significant palate richness and aromatic complexity. The wine spends about two years on lees before disgorging and adding a brut dosage.
Smells like: watermelon, raspberry and kumquat
Tastes like: glazed pear and apricot with ripe strawberry and red plum
Pairs with: roasted or grilled poultry or fish as well as sides like salad and potatoes – if you are preparing a smaller bird this year, check out co-founder Jamie Davies recipe for Rock Cornish Game Hen with Rosemary
Sustainability: Co-founders Jack and Jamie Davies established a culture of preservation when they started Schramsberg – maintaining the existing buildings, caves and forested land on the property they purchased. Today, their son Hugh continues those efforts, which include a solar panel array on the estate, Napa Green and Fish Friendly Farming certifications, sustainable agriculture and integrated pest management techniques, managed water use and efficient energy practices in the winery.