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Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram 2005

Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram 750ml 2005          
Sku: 1743727*

In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies established Schramsberg on property originally owned by Jacob Schram, setting out to make world class sparkling wine to rival the prestige and quality of French Champagne. Their son Hugh now manages the estate, which is located in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District, totaling 220 acres with 50 acres under vine. Its historic caves, which cover 30,000 square feet, were dug in the 1880s. Schramsberg produces limited quantities of traditionally hand crafted sparkling wines from grapes grown in many cool climate vineyards throughout the North Coast. They are unique among California sparkling wine houses in that they barrel ferment 25% of their juice to produce rich, flavorful, complex wines. A world class winery and recognized leader in the California wine industry, Schramsberg produces America’s finest sparkling wines which have been served proudly at state functions at the White House and abroad for decades.

Tasting notes
The wine presents fresh aromas of green apple, ripegrapefruit and pineapple followed by nuances of lemon custard, creme brulee, and toasted hazelnuts. Flavors of candied ginger and lemon curd are accentuated by warm baking spices. The rich and tangy flavors are balanced by creamy, vanilla notes and the finish is long and balanced.

Review
92 Points ~ Wine Spectator ”Bold and opulent, yet balanced with a core of crisp and minerally fruit. Aromas of lemon tart and almond brioche open to rich flavors of apple, cinnamon and candied ginger.”

Rating
 Wine Advocate 94 points (Oct 2013)
The 2005 J. Schram is a blend of 86% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir. Generally these wines are aged six years on their yeast prior to bottling. This wine, which comes from four different northern California counties (most from Napa), exhibits a light straw color along with crisp notes of pear, apple skin and brioche in a medium-bodied, complex yet delicate style with tiny pinpoint bubbles, persistent effervescence and a dry, crisp finish. This beautiful sparkling wine is intense yet delicate. It should drink well for 6-8 years.
 Wine Spectator 92 points (Dec 31 2012)
Bold and opulent, yet balanced with a core of crisp and minerally fruit. Aromas of lemon tart and almond brioche open to rich flavors of apple, cinnamon and candied ginger. Drink now through 2016. 1,448 cases made. TF
 Wine Spectator 92 points (Nov 14 2012)
Bold and opulent, yet balanced with a core of crisp and minerally fruit. Aromas of lemon tart and almond brioche open to rich flavors of apple, cinnamon and candied ginger. Drink now through 2016.T.F.

Technical notes
(86% Chardonnay/14% Pinot Noir). The 2005 vintage is a blend of more than 90 cool climate vineyard sources 40% was aged in barrel, some in stainless steel and the remainder allowed to undergo full malolactic. The wine aged in bottle, sur lie in the estate’s caves for six years.

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Region: California
Sub-Region: North Coast
Grape Varietal: Champagne Blend
Type: Sparkling
 
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