N.V. Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: 29% Sonoma, 20% Monterey, 19% Napa, 15% Mendocino, 12% Santa Barbara, 5% Marin
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8%
Price :
$19.95

Varietal Composition: 53% Chardonnay, 47% Pinot Noir
Vintage Composition: 78% 2011, 22% aged reserve lots

"It's attractive, but even better is the outstanding NV Mirabelle Brut Rosé, 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay. This shows a light pink color, beautiful delicate notes of strawberries and currants, crisp acids, a fresh, lively zesty style and medium body. Both of these are meant to be drunk upon release and are probably at their best within the first year or two of aging.

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)

Winery Notes:
The partner to Schramsberg’s Mirabelle Brut, the Mirabelle Brut Rosé is a specially crafted blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Schramsberg’s select cool-climate vineyards in the Carneros, Anderson Valley, and Sonoma and Marin coastal areas of Northern California.

The grapes are picked by hand and gently pressed to provide superior quality juice for the production of this balanced, refreshing rosé bubbly. In the spring following the fall harvest, base wines are individually evaluated and carefully blended by Schramsberg’s winemakers. Pinot Noir lots, including a few fermented with skin contact, provide bright berry fruit and body, while Chardonnay lots lend length and zest to the palate. Additional flavor depth and aromatic complexity result from the blending of base wine lots aged in barrels and tanks for one or more years. The wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle and rests in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for approximately two years. Following the en tirage aging, an extensive dosage trial process produces the ideal finishing touch, and the sparkling wine is ready to be enjoyed. The finished Brut Rosé exhibits fresh, elegant and toasty aromas that lead into lively and delicious fruit flavors on the palate.

The multi-vintage Mirabelle Rosé is delicious on its own, and it also pairs well with everything from to grilled salmon, country fried chicken, BBQ pork ribs, Caprese salad, poke tuna, classic Hawaiian pizza or simple pastas.

Tasting Notes:
The Mirabelle Rosé has generous aromas of strawberry, guava, ruby grapefruit, cherries and candied orange. The taste is complementary to the nose, with flavors of ripe red cherry, juicy orange and lemon zest. The palate is concentrated and flavorful, with a creamy richness and a lively, lingering acidity. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers