J. Schram, North Coast – 1999
From the inception of Schramsberg’s efforts in 1965, the winery has sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in its sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsberg’s philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, this special bottling has been a great success since its premier release in 1992. The 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros in southern Napa and along the Pacific Coast that go into the J.Schram are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date is selected. Complexity is gained in the wine through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for over five years.
J. Schram is appealing as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, mild cheeses, seafood brochettes and risotto with prosciutto.
- County Composition: 57% Napa, 15% Mendocino, 15% Monterey, 13% Sonoma
- Varietal Composition: 74% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 12.5%
- TA: 0.99g/100ml
- p H: 3.02
- RS: 1.28g/100ml
The 1999 J. Schram opens with aromas of glazed pineapple, orange marmalade and crisp green apples. Just-baked puff pastry and rich creamy notes are derived from barrel fermentation (38%) and yeast aging. This powerful wine showcases the bright citrus and tangy, tropical fruit of the Tognetti, Hyde and Schwarze Chardonnay Vineyards in southern Napa in the Carneros region. The addition of 24 percent Pinot Noir lends subtle red fruit aromas and gives breadth to both the nose and palate. A creamy yet refreshing wine, with a long, seamless finish.
Hugh Davies, Winemaker
J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – White Wine of the Year – Sunset Magazine
“The ‘prestige cuvee’...from the Davies family, who pioneered sparkling-winemaking in the Napa Valley, ‘J. Schram’ is toasty and elegant, with complex citrus, red apple, pear, and ginger spice...plus fine little bubbles and a long lovely finish.”
J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – Decanter
The Californication of Champagne
“…Chardonnay-dominant, pure and refined.”
J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – Four stars+ – Restaurant Wine
“…Rich, nearly powerful … suppler and finer in character; a maturing, richly flavored wine, that is full bodied, crisp, and long finish, tasting of candied lemon, walnut, pineapple, toast, and pink grapefruit.”
J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – Quarterly Review of Wines
Best of the Best in California Sparkling Wine