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Schramsberg J Schram Rose 95cgcw 2000

Winemaker's Notes:

"Its light, coppery pink hue may not be the look of a classic Rosé, but in all other ways this impressive sparkler is just that. Deep and very well-filled with a wealth of incisive, cherry-like fruit played against plentiful and very rich elements of autolyzed yeast, it is solid and remarkably refined at the same time and reveals a bit more with each sip. Dry, firmly structured and able to stand up to a range of special dishes, it will make splendid drinking with dishes ranging from salmon filets to duck breasts...95" Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines "Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2008 - Wine Enthusiast: Has a pretty copper-partridge color and is very dry, with crisp, mouthwatering acidity and a yeasty, leesy tartness. Flavorwise, this bubbly is about subtle raspberries, cherry skin, tangerine, brioche and vanilla. Feels a bit full-bodied and juvenile now. The suggestion is ageability...94" Wine Enthusiast 12/08

Region: USA » California

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Color: Rosé
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Schramsberg Vineyards Company:
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davi... Read more
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davies' were specifically interested in making sparkling wines, but only discovered after moving onto the land that the hot Calistoga hillsides (Calistoga is typically 5 to 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the Napa Valley) were not particularly hospitable to the two grapes essential to champagne, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They set about finding suppliers in other parts of the valley, and produced their first sparkling vintage in 1965. Widespread fame came in 1972, when President Nixon used the 1969 in his toast to China. Schramsberg has been the official sparkling wine of U.S. presidents ever since. Read less

"Its light, coppery pink hue may not be the look of a classic Rosé, but in all other ways this impressive sparkler is just that. Deep and very well-filled with a wealth of incisive, cherry-like fruit played against plentiful and very rich elements of autolyzed yeast, it is solid and remarkably refined at the same time and reveals a bit more with each sip. Dry, firmly structured and able to stand up to a range of special dishes, it will make splendid drinking with dishes ranging from salmon filets to duck breasts...95" Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines "Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2008 - Wine Enthusiast: Has a pretty copper-partridge color and is very dry, with crisp, mouthwatering acidity and a yeasty, leesy tartness. Flavorwise, this bubbly is about subtle raspberries, cherry skin, tangerine, brioche and vanilla. Feels a bit full-bodied and juvenile now. The suggestion is ageability...94" Wine Enthusiast 12/08

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