Reserve, North Coast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
84% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay. Full-on autolysis is, as usual, the featured player in Schramsberg's Reserve bottling, and the wine falls in line with what is often called the "English Cuvée" style. Fruit is, at most, little more than an afterthought here and, in truth, is a negligible presence as the wine places strong emphasis on the vehemently toasty traits of extended time entirage, but this one hits the mark smartly when it comes to aged elegance and is fascinating and very expressive demonstration of the complexity inherent in serious sparkling wines....