Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2005
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an apéritif. The character of the wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir grown in Carneros, Anderson Valley and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. A few small lots of Pinot Noir are fermented in contact with their skins to add depth and subtle color to this unique sparkling wine. Chardonnay gives spice, structure and length on the palate.
Hand picking, careful handling and gentle pressing produce a wine of delicacy, free of skin and seed tannin. Following the fall harvest and base winemaking period, an extensive process of blending trial and refinement is carried out in the spring. The finished blend is aged on the yeast in the bottle for about two years, just enough to achieve refined effervescence and toastiness without diminishing its refreshing, vibrant appeal.
Enjoy this rich, delicious sparkler on almost any occasion: at your favorite restaurant, a special dinner at home, at a beach picnic or a backyard barbecue. A very versatile wine, try it with sushi, salmon, rock shrimp, pizza, roast chicken, BBQ ribs, burgers, chocolate raspberry tarts and creamy cheeses with summer fruits.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 40% Mendocino, 36% Napa, 22% Sonoma, 2% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 19–October 12
- Barrel Fermentation: 73%
- Varietal Composition: 62% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 7,200 cases (12/750ml)
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 0.92g/100ml
- p H: 2.99
- RS: 1.15g/100ml
- Release Date: January 2008
The unusually long growing season of 2005 helped to accentuate fruitful Pinot Noir characteristics. A vibrant generous essence of fresh strawberry and brambleberry is knit seamlessly with nuances of warm berry cobbler and panna cotta. The palate is rich and inviting with ripe bursting wild berry and ruby grapefruit flavors and it lingers with balanced acidity.
Hugh Davies and Keith Hock, Winemakers
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – Quarterly Review of Wines
“Plum and strawberry, delicate and crisp.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – 90 points – Wine News
“Pale coral hue; medium bubbles. Compels aromas of guava blossom, bergamot and vanilla. Juicy flavors of raspberry and Granny smith apple. Tart cherry juice notes in the close.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – 92 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"This wine is full of outgoing charm and richness with a fresh yeast accent and a mouthful of bubbles...It has been a consistent winner in these pages and is again. "
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – Santé Magazine
“Salmon pink with lively, bright strawberry on the palate; dry finish of apple and citrus. Smoked salmon.”