Schramsberg Reserve Brut 2007 Front Label
Schramsberg Reserve Brut 2007 Front Label

Schramsberg Reserve Brut 2007

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750ML / 13.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Schramsberg Reserve is their top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing about 3 percent of their annual production, this richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Over seven years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for a good 20 to 30 years beyond the vintage date.

The 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 can also be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and hard cheeses such as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack or Irish Coolea.

Blend: 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay

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WE 96
Wine Enthusiast
Made from 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, 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. Although big and broad in flavor for a sparkling wine, it's very well structured and a good bet to age through 2022 or longer. Cellar Selection
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another stunner is the 2007 Reserve sparkling white, which is 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, of which 40% is barrel-fermented. This spent seven years on its lees before disgorging, and it's the Pinot Noir-dominated equivalent of their Chardonnay-dominated cuvée called J. Schram. This is crisp, elegant, shows structure, creamy honeyed richness, beautiful opulence, medium to full body and stunning brioche, honeysuckle and apple marmalade-like notes.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Polished, plush and full-bodied, with hints of rich maturity. Aromas of yeasty cinnamon brioche, cherry and apple open to layered flavors of hazelnut, crème brûlée and spice.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
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. It is not particularly elegant, but it is frothy and full of very fine bubbles. While commanding in terms of sheer richness and range, it is starting to show a late inclination to dryness that has us wanting to drink it a bit sooner rather than later.
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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.

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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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