2017 Schramsberg Brut Rose

Year: 2017
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.6%
Price :
$34.95
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72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay

"Brisk and fresh, with lovely rose petal and orange blossom aromas, and crisp lemon and strawberry flavors that linger. Drink now. 16,333 cases made. -T.F." (WS)

"Here is an exceptionally well-focused Rosé that, while deftly infused with a keen streak of yeasty richness, conveys continuous, fresh cherry fruit from start to finish and comes up a winner for its lively balance and its lovely finesse. It is long on effusive, very fine bubbles that simply refuse to quit and shows no small degree of complexity in a mannerly, neatly measured mix that, at every turn, is marked by exacting champenization, and it is wholly free of the vinous astringency to which some Rosés are prone. Reviewed: December 2020" (CG)

"Well-balanced and refreshing, this dry wine blends mineral and chalk aspects with tasty raspberry flavors. It is a slightly restrained, elegant expression that will please many. -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.