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Schramsberg Reserve Sparkling 2003

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
  • WS92
  • WE92
  • CG91
12.7% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Spiced aromas of gingerbread and brioche lend density and richness to the varied fruitful notes of dried guava, peach and pear. Flavors of tangerine, mandarin orange and ruby red grapefruit deliver quenching zestiness that melds comfortably with a creamy, caramelized essence that lingers with persistence on the palate.

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

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Rich and full-bodied, with aromas of baked apple, ginger and brioche and layered flavors of cinnamon, delicate cherry and vanilla spice that end on a crisp, vibrant note.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
The blend is 75% Pinot Noir with the balance Chardonnay, and the grapes come from fourcounties, led by Mendocino. The wine is rich and full-bodied in strawberry, raspberry, citrus, roasted almond, toasted coconut, brioche and vanilla flavors that are a little sweet. The bubbles are somewhat harsher than you might expect, but this brut could be going through a phase.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide
There are challenging aspects to this wine, and they both enhance its personality and ask if things have gone too far. Those who take delight in a broadly toasty, nervy style are going to find things to like here much in the same way that some of the most characterful Champagnes challenge the notion of austerity as a demanded virtue. No one will miss its rich "biscuits to spare" depth, but be forewarned, this generous wine is not for everyone.
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Schramsberg Vineyards

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Schramsberg Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
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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.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Champagne & Sparkling

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Equal parts festive and food-friendly, sparkling wine is beloved for its lively bubbles and appealing aesthetics. Though it is often thought of as something to be reserved for celebrations, sparkling wine can be enjoyed on any occasion—and might just make the regular ones feel a bit more special. Sparkling wine is made throughout the world, but can only be called “Champagne” if it comes from the Champagne region of France. Other regions have their own specialties, like Prosecco in Italy and Cava in Spain. Sweet or dry, white or rosé (or even red!), lightly fizzy or fully sparkling, there is a style of bubbly wine to suit every palate.

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, trapping carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. Champagne, Cava and many other sparkling wines (particularly in the New World) are made using the “traditional method,” in which the second fermentation takes place inside the bottle. With this method, dead yeast cells remain in contact with the wine during bottle aging, giving it a creamy mouthful and toasty flavors. For Prosecco, the carbonation process occurs in a stainless steel tank to preserve the fresh fruity and floral aromas preferred for this style of wine.

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