Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2013
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: 41% Sonoma, 26% Mendocino, 25% Napa, 8% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 16-September 16
- Barrel Fermentation: 27%
- Varietal Composition: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 8,490
- Production Case Pack: 9L
- Alcohol: 13%
- TA: 0.82g/100ml
- p H: 3.10
- RS: 1.05g/100ml
The 2013 Brut Rosé has generous aromas of mixed red berry, orange blossom and white peach. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of strawberry cream pie and brioche. On the palate, there are bursts of raspberry sorbet, lemon custard and summer apricot. The wine has a fresh, juicy acidity which drives to a bright, vibrant finish. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2013 – 91 points – Burghound.com
“… soft citrus-nuanced nose that precedes delicious, clean and relatively dry flavors that are supported by a moderately firm effervescence on the solidly complex finish. This is really quite good as I very much like the complexity...”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2013 – 92 points – Wine Spectator
“Sleek and expressive, with floral strawberry and spicy vanilla aromas and delicately layered flavors of apple and lemon zest, accented by hints of ginger and spice.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2013 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast Online
“This lively and flavorful wine has a light copper color, lean and fresh cherry and plum flavors, a rich mousse of bubbles and clean, tangy finish. It’s a great example of a rosé that doesn’t overdo it.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2013 – 91 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“… whiffs of strawberry-like fruit, there is complexity in the form of slightly toasty, slightly vanillin yeastiness with a distinct roasted cream edge. Strong and insistent in its mousse … yet polished all at the same time… ”