2007 Schramsberg J. Schram Brut Rose

Year: 2007
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 95
Connoisseurs' Guide: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 96--Burghound: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Expressive and refined, this balances complexity with bold richness. Aromas of strawberry, roasted almond and yeasty brioche open to long and layered flavors of blood orange, shortbread and fresh ginger. Drink now. 1,219 cases made. –TF" (WS)

"Another effort, and one that I intend to purchase and serve to guests, is the 2007 J. Schram Rosé, which has a North Coast appellation and is 51% barrel-fermented (1,200 cases). The wine is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. This is a killer sparking rosé, and really the best sparkling wine I've ever tasted from California or the New World. Rich, full-bodied, with notes of strawberry, kirsch, cherries and rose petals. The wine has terrific intensity, wonderful freshness, a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned mouthfeel and a long, long finish.

Schramsberg, founded in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram, fell victim to hard times in 1912 but was resurrected by the Davies Family in 1965. The quality seems to be going from strength to strength and these were the best sparkling wines I've tasted from them. Current owners Hugh and Monique Davies look over 43 acres on Diamond Mountain, and utilize fruit sourced from cool-climate areas ranging from Carneros, farther south in Marin County, to the north in Anderson Valley. There are a number of relatively small cuvées that are offered to their membership, and largely never seen in the commercial marketplace at retailers or on restaurant wine lists." (WA)

"Seamlessly combining the cherry-like fruit and vinosity of Pinot Noir with an absolute wealth of autolyzed yeast and very clear in its grasp of what a serious Rosé should be, the latest J. Schram version is a fascinating wine of extraordinary layering, depth and polish. It is explosively bubbled and its very fine mousse lasts and lasts, and, while showing a bit of finishing grip that indelibly marks it is as a true Rosé, its altogether remarkable sense of refinement puts it in a class all its own. Reviewed: March 2016" (CG)

“Elegant and almost ethereal, this wine is tantalizing and irresistible. It shows sophistication, from the mysterious, earthy bouquet to the complex, well-aged brioche and peach flavors, as well as the almost gentle texture and refined finish. While full bodied, the wine has great balance, as all the tasty components join together to weave their magic.” -Jim Gordon, June 2016 (WE)

"A relatively shy nose is comprised mostly of red cherry, citrus, strawberry and discreet yeast nuances. There is good verve to the utterly delicious flavors that are supported by a firm but not aggressive mousse as well as solid depth on the clean, dry and refreshing finish. This is really quite good and for my taste drinking perfectly now though it will certainly hold with no difficulty." (BH)

Winery Notes
The J. Schram Rosé shows identifying characteristics of the cool growing season. The aroma is generous and bright with fresh strawberry, Mandarin orange and ripe cherry, followed by nuances of lemon custard and toasted almond. Flavors of raspberry and cherry are complemented by Ruby Red grapefruit, Meyer lemon and apricot. The palate finishes with lingering flavors of candied ginger and roasted hazelnut. The texture is both viscous and mouthwatering with a long and savory acidity.