Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
64% Flora; 22% Chardonnay; 14% Pinot Noir. Year in and year out a sparkling wine that earns an appreciative nod for its deft combination of uniquely blossomy fruitness and creamy adjuncts of yeast, Schreamsberg's Crémant is, once again, without peer among sweeter local efforts made using the classic Champenoise method and is a frothy, beautifully balanced bottling that is neither candied nor cloying despite its evident sugars. Lighter desserts, especially those featuring fruit, are its ideal partners, but fans of bubbly with a bit of a sweet tooth are guaranteed to enjoy....
This impressive bottling relies on Flora grapes for its core (67%), blended with 19% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir. There's an intentional sweetness to the wine that makes it off dry in peach, pineapple and honey. Lively acidity keeps it balanced with a lift and energy in between the welcome richness.