Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2009
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. It is 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: 39% Napa, 36% Sonoma, 21% Mendocino, 4% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 18-October 12
- Barrel Fermentation: 28%
- Varietal Composition: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 8,999 cases
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- TA: 0.83g/100ml
- p H: 3.12
- RS: 1.15g/100ml
- Release Date: November 1, 2012
The dense, complex nose bursts with red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry, followed by exotic candied mango, pineapple and papaya. Flavors of peach and pineapple are complemented by a touch of strawberries and cream. Upon entry, the palate offers a crisp, quenching acidity, leading to long and lingering rich flavors. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – 90 points – The Tasting Panel
"Fresh, juicy and bright with raspberry and tangy acidity; smooth, ripe and balanced; long and charming."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – 15 points, Very Good – Gayot
"…Grown in the coastal regions of northern California, this elegant vintage rosé boasts complex aromas of raspberry and strawberry, mango and papaya. In the mouth, it reveals crisp peach and pineapple flavors and a lengthy finish."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – 91.2 points – Ken’s Wine Guide
"This sparkling wine opens with mild dough and orange bouquet with a hint of stonefruit. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, acidic and crisp. The flavor profile is a dough and mineral blend with notes of strawberry and tart green apple."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – A serious state for U.S. sparkling wine – San Francisco Chronicle
"A riper fruit quality comes out on the finish, and bolsters the fresh mix of rose petal, yeast, apple and white nectarine. it's less creamy than spicy, with aspects of pecan shell and caraway."