Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Reserve, North Coast – 1999

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  • Introduction

    • The Schramsberg Reserve is the winery’s top Pinot Noir-based sparkling wine. This richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base wine lots each year. Six years old upon release, the fruitful, creamy Reserve will age gracefully for ten or more years to come.

      The Reserve is a Blanc de Noirs, a white wine gently crafted from red grapes. Hand-picking, early harvesting and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of select Chardonnay are included in the blend to lend some additional backbone and length to the palate. Extensive tasting is conducted over the winter months, with more than 140 base wines representing 80 vineyards in five counties being taken into consideration. For the Reserve blend, 40 percent of the base wines are barrel fermented and aged on the lees for six months. Following fermentation, each bottle is aged in contact with its own yeast in Schramsberg’s mountainside caves for a minimum of five years. The finishing dosage is the result of a comprehensive review of base wine options, many of which are barrel-aged for five-plus years.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Corby, Husch, Rose, Vidmar (Anderson), Lund (Napa)
    • County Composition: 55% Mendocino, 35% Napa, 7% Monterey, 2% Sonoma, 1% Marin
  • Vinification

    • The Reserve is a Blanc de Noirs, a white wine gently crafted from red grapes. Hand picking, early harvesting, and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of select Chardonnay are included in the blend to lend some additional backbone and length to the palate. Extensive tasting is conducted over the winter months, with over 140 base wines representing 80 vineyards in five counties being taken into consideration.

      For the Reserve blend, 40% of the base wines are barrel fermented and aged on the lees for six months. Following fermentation, each bottle is aged in contact with its own yeast in Schramsberg’s mountainside caves for a minimum of five years. The finishing dosage is the result of a comprehensive review of base wine options, many of which are barrel-aged for five-plus years.

    • Fermentation: 58% stainless steel, 42% neutral French oak barrels
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 12.9%
    • TA: 0.99g/L
    • p H: 2.96
    • RS: 1.11g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • Our 1999 Reserve combines fresh cranberry and zesty citrus in a bright aroma profile. Hints of roasted nuts and baked pastry dough, derived from bottle aging and barrel fermentation, compliment the fruitful core. Anderson Valley Corby Vineyard Pinot Noir plays the starring role. Chardonnay lifts the zesty aromas and adds length and brightness to the palate. From its juicy nectarine and red delicious apple entry on the palate to its sweet and sour, tangy finish, this flavorful sparkling wine is smooth and complete. Hugh Davies, Winemaker

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Reviews

  • Reserve, North Coast – 1999 – 89 points – Wine News

    “Highly stylized aroma of apple, banana, honey and malt. Flavors of apple, orange peel, butter and yeast are just unique. Freshens up the close.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 1999 – Best of Show – Quarterly Review of Wines

    Five-Star California Sparkling Wines

    “73 percent Pinot Noir, 27 percent Chardonnay; over five years aging on yeast. Big, rich, ripe, nougaty, fig and almond flavors; deep, long, resolute finish.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 1999 – 89 points, 1 puff – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

    “Very much made in the aged, angular mold as its Reserve sibling above, this younger wine is equally high in developed character and shares its brethren’s creamy, fine-pitched mousse. It is a bit more angular in the late going, but fans of the austere, toasty style will find happiness here.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 1999 – 90 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    Best of Year Issue

    “For starters, this is a very fine wine, architecturally clean, bone dry and strong in acids. It’s too young to fully enjoy now, though, all raw elbows and yeast. If you don’t mind that edgy sharpness, try it as an aperitif, but it will benefit from five years or longer in the cellar.”

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