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Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Blend Napa Valley Crémant Demi-Sec 2005

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Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate off-dry, dessert-style wine: an American original. Crémant is French for “creamy” and traditionally refers to a sparkling wine with less pressure and softer effervescence. Our Crémant Demi-sec has roughly half the pressure of our other sparkling wines; it presents a creamier texture and more exotic flavors. THE 2005 VINTAGE “ “Fruitful, floral, and sweet spice notes abound with dried mango, glazed pineapple, and citrus meringue joining with honeysuckle, bread pudding and candied ginger. The palate is ripe and viscous up front, unfolding with a delicious balance of sweetness, acidity, and lingering tropical and citrus fruit flavors. Vibrant and succulent as a young sparkling wine; this is one that will also evolve beautifully for another twenty to thirty years in the bottle.”Winemakers - Hugh Davies & Keith Hock We made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study we chose the unusual California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at U.C. Davis) to be the core component of this cuvée. This grape unites the fruit forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. We age the Crémant Demi-sec on the yeast for about three years, which adds complexity, yet allows it to retain its attractive youthfulness. This delicious sparkler has a spicy, floral character, which will evolve into rich, caramelized apricot and peach flavors with further aging. The sweetness in Crémant is subtle, providing a fine balance with desserts such as fruit tarts, poached fruit, light cakes, custards, exotic sorbets, crème caramel, gingerbread and crème brûlée. It also complements a wide range of spicy Asian foods and matches especially well with foie gras. Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec has been served during many State events including: President Reagan’s Second Inaugural Luncheon, President Bush’s Reception for the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the San Francisco Reception for President Gorbachev and President Clinton’s dinner for the Prime Minister of Canada. Additionally, it was served at a dinner honoring the recipients of the 1997 National Medal of the Arts and Charles Frankel Prize Awards. More recently, Crémant was served at the first State dinner of President George W. Bush with Mexico’s President Vicente Fox and his wife and a dinner hosted by President Bush in London for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Hugh Davies,Winemaker

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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

Editorial Reviews for Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Blend Napa Valley Crémant Demi-Sec

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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4.00 5
03/01/2009

A touch floral on the nose with a pure yeatiness/creaminess that recalls fresh brie. A touch sweet across the mid-palate but not overly so and the acid and mineral tones dry out the finish. An interesting and enjoyable Demi-sec. 88pts

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.00 5
03/01/2009

A lightly yeasty nose leads to a demi sec sparkling wine thats softly sweet and full of delicate floral notes. There's a good mousse of fine bubbles and along with a nice biscuit character and some dried petal notes its rather nice.

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    4.00 5
    03/02/2009

    Classic traditional method aromas. Dry to off-dry, just a bit of residual sugar, grapefruit and melon flavors. Ripe, pleasant acidity.

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    Snooth User: John Andrews
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    4.00 5
    05/26/2009

    Lovely wine ... nice delicate nose with a yeast and biscuit and touch of honey. Slightly sweet, almost honey flavor over top of the biscuit and yeast. Very enjoyable.


    Snooth User: John Andrews
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    2.50 5
    02/23/2009

    Light salmon in color with aromas of red cherry and yeast. The pinot noir definitely comes out in the nose. Same acidity as the blanc de blanc with rose water and cherry in the taste.


    Snooth User: Bsberlin22
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    4.50 5
    03/05/2012

    Four and a half glasses


    External Reviews for Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Blend Napa Valley Crémant Demi-Sec

    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    01/15/2011

    A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec 750ml


    External Review
    04/30/2010

    Schramsberg Cremant Demi Sec 2005 and all other sparkling wine from Schramsberg available for immidieate dilivery at discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and all other parts of world.


    External Review
    Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
    12/07/2009

    A Flora wine from California in USA. 2005 Schramsberg Cremant 750ml


    External Review
    04/06/2009

    Winemaker Notes - Our Brut Rose is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an aperitif. Eachfall we select base wines with the right concentration, balance and length to create this unique sparkling wine. The character of this wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is added to give spice, structure and length on the palate.


    External Review
    08/15/2009

    From the first press of Pinot Noir grapes (the second is labeled Blanc de Noirs) in an elegant, refreshing style. Very opulent.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesOur Brut Rose is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an aperitif. Each fall we select base wines with the right concentration, balance and length to create this unique sparkling wine. The character of this wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is added to give spice, structure and length on the palate.



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    Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate off-dry, dessert-style wine: an American original. Crémant is French for “creamy” and traditionally refers to a sparkling wine with less pressure and softer effervescence. Our Crémant Demi-sec has roughly half the pressure of our other sparkling wines; it presents a creamier texture and more exotic flavors. THE 2005 VINTAGE “ “Fruitful, floral, and sweet spice notes abound with dried mango, glazed pineapple, and citrus meringue joining with honeysuckle, bread pudding and candied ginger. The palate is ripe and viscous up front, unfolding with a delicious balance of sweetness, acidity, and lingering tropical and citrus fruit flavors. Vibrant and succulent as a young sparkling wine; this is one that will also evolve beautifully for another twenty to thirty years in the bottle.”Winemakers - Hugh Davies & Keith Hock We made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study we chose the unusual California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at U.C. Davis) to be the core component of this cuvée. This grape unites the fruit forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. We age the Crémant Demi-sec on the yeast for about three years, which adds complexity, yet allows it to retain its attractive youthfulness. This delicious sparkler has a spicy, floral character, which will evolve into rich, caramelized apricot and peach flavors with further aging. The sweetness in Crémant is subtle, providing a fine balance with desserts such as fruit tarts, poached fruit, light cakes, custards, exotic sorbets, crème caramel, gingerbread and crème brûlée. It also complements a wide range of spicy Asian foods and matches especially well with foie gras. Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec has been served during many State events including: President Reagan’s Second Inaugural Luncheon, President Bush’s Reception for the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the San Francisco Reception for President Gorbachev and President Clinton’s dinner for the Prime Minister of Canada. Additionally, it was served at a dinner honoring the recipients of the 1997 National Medal of the Arts and Charles Frankel Prize Awards. More recently, Crémant was served at the first State dinner of President George W. Bush with Mexico’s President Vicente Fox and his wife and a dinner hosted by President Bush in London for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Hugh Davies,Winemaker

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