Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2016
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is fruitful, 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 vibrant 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.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 44% Sonoma, 30% Napa, 20% Mendocino, 6% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 4 – September 10, 2016
- Barrel Fermentation: 24%
- Varietal Composition: 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 15,150
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 12.6%
- TA: 8.3 g/l
- p H: 3.17
- RS: 9.2 g/l
- Release Date: December 1, 2018
“The 2016 Brut Rosé has generous aromas of strawberry and orange zest. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of cinnamon, vanilla and watermelon. On the palate, there are juicy flavors of ruby grapefruit, stone fruit and raspberry compote, with soft touches of toasted hazelnut and shortbread cookie. The fruitful finish is fresh, with a bright clean acidity.”
- Serving Suggestions: 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.
Scramsberg Brut Rosé, North Coast — 2016 – James Suckling – 91 Points
This rosé sparkling wine has a very attractive nose with light red berries and strawberries. Some light, grassy elements and a pastry-like edge. The palate has a juicy and fresh feel with blood oranges and red berries intermingling in an approachable fleshy and fresh mode. 64% pinot noir and 36% chardonnay. Drink now.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé, North Coast — 2016 – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine – 90 Points
64% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay. Briskly fruity with a trim bit of yeast in both its aromas and flavors, this slightly light-leaning effort leads with a nose that inclines to Blanc de Noirs but edges its way into Rosé territory on the palate and shows a little more substance and size. Plentifully bubbled and very well-structured with but a barley noticeable trace of finishing astringency, it steers clear of candied simplicity and is balanced to be equally enjoyable with or without food.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé North Coast – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 91 Points
Vibrant and pretty, with delicate rose petal, strawberry and roasted almond accents that glide on the long finish. Drink now.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé North Coast – 2016 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
Subtle flavors and a delicately rounded texture help this elegant, medium-bodied wine stand out. Hints of fresh bread and raspberries on the nose lead to slightly tangy flavors of ginger and white cherry on the palate. Gentle effervescence and just-right acidity lend lift.