Brut Rosé, North Coast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
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.
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.
Heidi Turzyn, wine director at New York's Gotham Bar and Grill, says she always begins her Easter celebrations with a sparkling rosé. "One of my go-tos is Schramsberg Vineyards' North Coast Brut Rosé. I enjoy the balance of the fruit and acidity. The touch of oak makes it a nice pairing with hard-boiled eggs. If you wanted to take it up a notch add some caviar...