2016 Schramsberg Brut Rose

Year: 2016
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.6%
Price :
$34.95


64% Pinot Noir, 36% Chardonnay

"Vibrant and pretty, with delicate rose petal, strawberry and roasted almond accents that glide on the long finish. Drink now. 15,150 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Briskly fruity with a trim bit of yeast in both its aromas and flavors, this slightly light-leaning effort leads with a nose that inclines to Blanc de Noirs but edges its way into Rosé territory on the palate and shows a little more substance and size. Plentifully bubbled and very well-structured with but a barely noticeable trace of finishing astringency, it steers clear of candied simplicity and is balanced to be equally enjoyable with or without food. Reviewed: December 2019" (CG)

"This medium-bodied, elegant wine blends red-apple and red-cherry aromas with a nervy, brisk texture and flavors tinged with cinnamon. Made with 86% Pinot Noir and the remainder Chardonnay, 39% of the blend was barrel fermented. It feels smooth and brisk at the same time and has great overall balance. Best after 2022. Jim Gordon" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is fruitful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an apéritif. The character of the wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir grown in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. A few small lots of Pinot Noir are fermented in contact with their skins to add depth and subtle color to this vibrant sparkling wine. Chardonnay gives spice, structure and length on the palate.

Hand picking, careful handling and gentle pressing produce a wine of delicacy, free of skin and seed tannin. Following the fall harvest and base winemaking period, an extensive process of blending trial and refinement is carried out in the spring. The finished blend is aged on the yeast in the bottle for about two years, just enough to achieve refined effervescence and toastiness without diminishing its refreshing, vibrant appeal.