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Schramsberg Sparkling Wine North Coast 2007

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Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. From its cherry pink color to its ample fruit and fine sense of vinosity, this deep and flavorful sparkler is every inch a true Rosé. It hints at cranberries and at cherries here and there and shows lots of creamy, autolyzed yeast. Its combination of solidity, scant astringency and a firm acid spine make it a wine that is a very much meant to partner foods like grilled salmon or ahi tuna, but it has plenty of richness to match up famously with refined recipes involving duck breast or pork loins as well.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.

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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

External Reviews for Schramsberg Sparkling Wine North Coast

11/12/2010

Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. From its cherry pink color to its ample fruit and fine sense of vinosity, this deep and flavorful sparkler is every inch a true Rosé. It hints at cranberries and at cherries here and there and shows lots of creamy, autolyzed yeast. Its combination of solidity, scant astringency and a firm acid spine make it a wine that is a very much meant to partner foods like grilled salmon or ahi tuna, but it has plenty of richness to match up famously with refined recipes involving duck breast or pork loins as well.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. While some local Blanc de Noirs bottlings succeed on the strength of buoyant fruit, this one does so by way of refinement. Its yeasty, nicely layered aromas are graced with subtle suggestions of cherries, minerals and a scant touch of chalk, and its very deep, well-autolyzed flavors articulately express classic champenization. It is quite dry to the taste without becoming austere, and it is enlivened by a steady stream of very small bubbles.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. 2007, it seems, was a quite good year for Schramsberg, and this brisk, almost austere Blanc de Blancs joins the winery's Blanc de Noirs and Rosé in winning very high marks. It is less a stand-alone quaffer and more a taut, acid-edged wine that wants for food, and, while we see it as a fine choice for washing down sundry light seafoods, we expect that it will show at its most brilliant when served alongside fresh oysters on the half shell.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. From its cherry pink color to its ample fruit and fine sense of vinosity




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