Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2000

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to debut its much anticipated J. Schram Rosé with the release of the 2000 vintage. This rosé has been a singular focus with the goal of producing a wine comparable to the world’s finest sparkling rosés. J. Schram Rosé is made from the vintage’s best lots from Schramsberg’s collection of 80 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Monterey and the Sonoma/Marin coast. A polished marriage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine showcases Schramsberg’s signature style of weaving together small lots of wines fermented in stainless steel tanks with lots fermented in French oak barrels. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, the J. Schram Rosé was aged for seven years in Schramsberg’s historic caves. This wine is the companion to Schramsberg’s flagship J. Schram, which is considered by many to be the ultimate expression of artisan American sparkling wine. Only 1,042 cases of the 2000 J. Schram Rosé were produced, and the wine will be available in the future only in select vintages.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Chardonnay Blocks

      Napa-Carneros: Tognetti, Hyde, Schwarze, Jones

      Anderson Valley: Rose

      Sonoma County: Vella, Pacheco

    • County Composition: 61% Napa, 24% Mendocino, 9% Sonoma, 1% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • 2000 was almost a perfect growing season—cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin mid-August, allowing some of the cool vineyard sources to mature into late September. This picture perfect season produced intensely aromatic Chardonnay with rich viscosity and a long, acidic backbone. Pinot Noir from the 2000 vintage was bursting with juicy red fruit, and bright lingering acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 7–September 29
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 42%
    • Aging: 7 years sur lie
    • Bottled: April 23–25, 2001
    • Disgorged: April 29, 2008
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 78% Chardonnay, 22% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,042 cases (6/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.6%
    • TA: 0.96g/100ml
    • p H: 3.07
    • RS: 1.22g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2000 J. Schram Rosé is in a class all its own, with seven years en tirage aging in our hillside caves. Intense aromas of ripe pineapple, Mandarin orange and creamy strawberry are followed by subtle notes of vanilla crème brûlée topped with caramelized Madagascar sugar. The palate delivers with a beginning of cranberries and ruby grapefruit followed by a mid palate bursting with baked cobbler, guava and a dollop of meringue. The finish completes the experience with a quenching acidity that lingers along with a creamy viscosity. This wine will satisfy the most demanding palates now and for many years to come.

      Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer, Winemakers

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Reviews

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2000 – 92 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

    “…Deeply pitched cherry and redcurrant flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and become juicier with air. Closes on a floral note, with excellent clarity and lingering sweetness.”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2000 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel

    “Pale and creamy with nice vanilla tones; juicy, racy, tangy and fresh; toasty and elegant on the finish.”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2000 – 94 points, Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2008: #73 – Wine Enthusiast

    “Has a pretty copper-partridge color and is very dry, with crisp, mouthwatering acidity and a yeasty, leesy tartness. Flavorwise, this bubbly is about subtle raspberries, cherry skin, tangerine, brioche and vanilla….”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2000 – 95 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

    "Deep and very well-filled with a wealth of incisive, cherry-like fruit played against plentiful and very rich elements of autolyzed yeast...Dry, firmly structured...will make splendid drinking with dishes ranging from salmon filets to duck breasts."

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