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Schramsberg Vineyards Cremant Demi-Sec 2008

Schramsberg Vineyards Cremant Demi-Sec 750ml 2008      
Sku: 1783612*

In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies established Schramsberg Vineyards, 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 winery. The estate 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 handcrafted sparkling wines from grapes grown in 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
Aromas of ripe mango and pineapple are followed by notes of warm banana bread and baked citrus. The creamy texture of this wine carries flavors of sweet peach, orange and roasted hazelnut through to the long and persistent finish.

 Wine Spectator89 points (Dec 31 2012)
Luscious and crisp, this is just the thing for a touch of sweetness at the end of a meal. Aromas of lemon sorbet and mineral lead to succulent flavors of orange, egg cream and spicy cinnamon. Finishes impeccably dry. Drink now. 3,147 cases made. –TF

Wine maker notes

We made California`s first Cremant in 1972. After rigorous study we chose the unusual California grape named Flora (a cross of Semillon and Gewurztraminer developed at U.C. Davis) to be the core component of this cuvee. This grape unites the fruit forward character of Gewurztraminer with the strength and depth of Semillon. We age the Cremant on the yeast for about three years, which adds complexity, yet allows it to retain its attractive youthfulness.

Technical notes
(70% Flora/25% Gewurztraminer/5% Pinot Noir). The Flora grape, which is a hybrid of Semillon and Gewurztraminer was blended with Gewurztraminer and Semillon and aged sur lie for about two years prior to disgorgement.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Non-Varietal White Blend
Type: Sparkling
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