Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2004

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to present its third vintage of  J. Schram Rosé. This wine is the result of a singular focus of producing a California rosé comparable to the finest made anywhere in the world. J. Schram Rosé is made from the vintage’s best lots from Schramsberg’s collection of 90 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin. 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 neutral French oak barrels. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, the J. Schram Rosé was aged on the lees for six years in Schramsberg’s historic caves, and then hand riddled and finished with a select brut dosage. 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Blocks
      Napa-Carneros:
      Hyde, Tognetti, Schwarze
      Anderson Valley:
      Corby, Monument Tree
      Sonoma:
      Vella, Hawk Hill, Keefer, Jonive, Saltonstall
      Marin:
      Stevens

    • County Composition: 46% Napa, 44% Sonoma, 6% Mendocino, 4% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2004 growing season started mild, but was steadily followed by an accelerated warming trend throughout the season. An early budbreak led to one of the earliest first days of harvest on record. As the overall crop levels were a little light, grapes matured quickly and it became a quick-step dance to get the grapes harvested at that perfect balance between ripeness and acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 13-September 17
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 34%
    • Aging: 6 years on the yeast
    • Bottled: May 15-16, 2005
    • Disgorged: May 5, 2011
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 82% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,000 cases (6/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.7%
    • TA: 0.93g/100ml
    • p H: 3.10
    • RS: 1.07g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • Intense aromas of rich blood orange and melon mix with subtle notes of raspberry spice and ruby grapefruit. The palate delivers a wonderful balance of spice and fruit, including watermelon, oranges and ripe raspberry. A crisp and tangy finish lingers with a long, quenching acidity. This sparkler is truly one of a kind and should be quite tasty for many years to come. Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer, Winemakers

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Reviews

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2004 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    "Offers bold aromas of cinnamon-spiced apple and cherry, with crisp, focused citrus and strawberry flavors that linger toward a delicate toasty vanilla finish."

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2004 – 98 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “An awesome rosé, just a tremendous feat…Insanely rich in toasted bread and lees…A tremendous core of strawberries, raspberries, orange zest, roasted macadamia, roasted coconut, pear liqueur and honey lasts into the finish.…”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2004 – 92 points – Wine Spectator

    “Offers bold aromas of cinnamon-spiced apple and cherry, with crisp, focused citrus and strawberry flavors that linger toward a delicate toasty vanilla finish.”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2004 – 96 points – winereviewonline.com

    “… A seamless blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir…their 2004 J Schram Brut Rosé delivers exotic spice that complement subtle red fruit flavors. Seven years of aging on the lees helps explain why it’s so suave and polished.”

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