J. Schram, North Coast – 2007
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. Representing only 3 percent of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the very best base wine lots of the approximately 250 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992.
Cluster samples from more than 110 cool-climate vineyard sources are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained 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 for more than seven years on the yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.
J. Schram is appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar on toast point, smoked salmon, tangy cheeses, seafood brochettes, cedar-planked lobster, mesquite-grilled quail or Serrano ham and porcini risotto.
Principal Chardonnay Blocks
Napa-Carneros: Jones, Hyde, Tognetti
Sonoma County: Horseshoe Bend, Keefer
- County Composition: 65% Napa, 19% Sonoma, 9% Mendocino, 7% Marin
The warmer-than-normal winter, along with relatively dry weather, allowed for an earlier budbreak with flowering beginning in the early part of May. Mild temperatures continued through July, paving the way for harvest towards the beginning of August. The vintage is remembered as a drawn-out one due to cool temperatures in August and September, with only a brief heat spike around Labor Day. With no rush to harvest, the grapes were picked at their optimal ripeness for sparkling wine, with delicious flavors, low sugars and high acidities.
- Harvest Date(s): August 10-October 8
- Barrel Fermentation: 35%
- Bottled: April 15, 2008
- Disgorged: March 10-July 21, 2015
- Varietal Composition: 84% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Noir
- Production (in cases): 2,530 cases
- Production Case Pack: 9L
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 0.99g/100ml
- p H: 2.98
- RS: 1.23g/100ml
- Release Date: September 1, 2015
J. Schram, North Coast – 2007 – 95 points – Wine Enthusiast
“This gorgeous, full-bodied and compelling wine is made from 84% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Noir. It has a rich golden color, slightly earthy aromas, plus bread dough and white-peach scents that lead to very opulent, sophisticated and nicely aged…”
J. Schram, North Coast – 2007 – 96 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
… “this one shows its autolysis in every turn, this many-layered sparkler is nonetheless charged with plenty of youthful vitality, and it is as crisp and energetic as it is wonderfully complex…”
J. Schram, North Coast – 2007 – The best sparkling wines to kick off 2016 – Chicago Sun Times
“The 2007 J. Schram is another stellar effort, offering a wealth of silky red berries, brioche and lightly spiced minerals from the impressive 2007 vintage. It will need some additional time to evolve in the bottle.”
J. Schram, North Coast – 2007 – 94 points – The Wine Advocate
"... This shows loads of honeyed tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, a touch of white peach, beautiful body, wonderful pinpoint bubbles that are persistent, and a dry, crisp, long finish ...”