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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Schramsberg J. Schram 2003
Schramsberg J. Schram 2003
(search item no. 107336)
collectible wine

Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $95.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2005 Tasting Panel rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 97 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2001 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2000 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 95 points
1999 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 94 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1993 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 vintage provided one of the wettest springs on record, affording a beneficially long and cool growing season. Early season heat spikes got the vines growing and the season evolved nicely with warm days and cool nights. The grapes developed beautifully with delicious fruit flavors and elevated acidity.

A gorgeous depth of fruit greets the nose: lemon-lime, pineapple, baked pear and orange marmalade. Fresh sourdough, vanilla crème brûlée and toasted marshmallow notes follow. A crisp and zippy entry on the palate gives way to a viscous, caramelized apple and citrus profile. This rich sparkling wine finishes with a delicate minerality, a hint of warm roasted almonds and a lingering acidity.

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About Schramsberg Vineyards:

Focused on Schramsberg's top Chardonnay barrel and tank lots, and aged for seven years prior to release, J. Schram is the winery's signature Brut sparkling wine. Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a mission to produce California's first world-class sparkling wines. Today, led by their son Hugh, Schramsberg's team continues with this commitment to quality and innovation. Schramsberg also produces the J. Schram Rose, Reserve, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose, Cremant Demi-Sec and J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.