Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Reserve, North Coast – 2007

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg Reserve is the winery’s top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing about 3 percent of Schramsberg’s annual production, this richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. More than seven years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for another 20 to 30 years.

      Though primarily Pinot Noir, small amounts of select Chardonnay lots are added to the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel- and malolactic-fermented lots are also layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Each bottle is aged in contact with the yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for more than seven years, affording the development of seasoned, roasted and caramelized richness. The yeast is then removed and a finishing dosage, determined through extensive and comprehensive trials, is added to fine-tune the wine’s balance of flavor.

      Schramsberg Reserve is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roasted duck with mango, cedar-plank grilled salmon, and curried chicken salad. This flavorful bubbly also can be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and hard cheeses such as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack or Irish Coolea.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Pinot Noir Blocks:
      Sonoma County: Saltonstall
      Marin County: Stevens
      Mendocino County: Juster

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 41% Mendocino, 32% Sonoma, 21% Napa, 6% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • 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 15-October 15
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Aging: 7 years
    • Bottled: April 22, 2008
    • Disgorged: April 2-July 10, 2015
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 2,540 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 9L
    • Alcohol: 13.2%
    • TA: 0.88g/100ml
    • p H: 3.06
    • RS: 1.02g/100ml

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Reviews

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2007 – 4 1/2 Stars – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    “This sparkler will turn heads with its impressive range. It has notes of strawberry, marzipan, apricot, brioche and a hint of toffee on the finish. Its complexity is striking.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2007 – 96 points, Top 100 Cellar Selection #46 – Wine Enthusiast Best of the Year

    “… spice-tinged fruit aromas and toasted baguette complexity make a grand entrance on the nose. It then gushes bold and complex flavors, like toasted walnuts and almonds, poached pears and a touch of ginger. … it's very well structured…”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2007 – 96 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    … “spice-tinged fruit aromas and toasted baguette complexity make a grand entrance on the nose. It then gushes bold and complex flavors, like toasted walnuts and almonds, poached pears and a touch of ginger.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2007 – 91 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

    “As has been the consistent case in the past, Schramsberg’s Reserve bottling runs to the very yeasty, highly autolyzed side of things, and there is little room for even vestigial fruit among its layers and layers of browned biscuits, vanilla, caramel and soy …”

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