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Schramsberg J Schram Tete de Cuvee 94cgcw 1999

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"This wine's layered, bountiful, broad yet incredibly refined aromas of yeast, chalk, sweet cream and deep, confident, still somewhat youthful fruit deliver precisely what we demand of the very best bubblies in the world. Year in and year out, it ... equals the best of France in its price bracket. 94" CA Connoisseurs' Guide (12/05) "Compared to the winery's '99 Reserve, with which it was co-released, this bubbly is slightly sweeter, softer and smoother. It's a fancy wine, drinkable now with crab cakes or smoked salmon or on its own, of course. Chardonnay-based, the wine possesses a light elegance and very great finesse. But it should age well over the next ten years...93" Wine Enthusiast 12/05

Region: USA » California

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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

"This wine's layered, bountiful, broad yet incredibly refined aromas of yeast, chalk, sweet cream and deep, confident, still somewhat youthful fruit deliver precisely what we demand of the very best bubblies in the world. Year in and year out, it ... equals the best of France in its price bracket. 94" CA Connoisseurs' Guide (12/05) "Compared to the winery's '99 Reserve, with which it was co-released, this bubbly is slightly sweeter, softer and smoother. It's a fancy wine, drinkable now with crab cakes or smoked salmon or on its own, of course. Chardonnay-based, the wine possesses a light elegance and very great finesse. But it should age well over the next ten years...93" Wine Enthusiast 12/05

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