Schramsberg Vineyards Champagne Blend North Coast J Schram 2000

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Winemaker's Notes:

From the inception of Schramsberg’s efforts in 1965, the winery has sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in our sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsberg’s philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Representing only 3% of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the top 10–15 lots of the approximately 200 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992. More than 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros, Anderson Valley and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged en tirage in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for more than five years, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage. J. Schram is quite appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, tangy cheeses, seafood brochettes or risotto with prosciutto. Tasting Notes “The 2000 J. Schram exhibits aromas of pineapple with melon and apple cider along with citrus notes of orange peel and lemon custard. Rich creamy notes of crème brûlée, fresh baked baguette and toasted nuts are derived from barrel fermentation and nearly 6 years of yeast aging. This voluptuous sparkling wine showcases the bright citrus and tangy, tropical fruit of the Tognetti and Schwarze Chardonnay vineyards along Bayview Avenue in southern Napa-Carneros. The addition of 20% Pinot Noir lends subtle red fruit aromas and gives breadth to both the nose and palate. A creamy yet refreshing wine, the 2000 J. Schram has a long, quenching, seamless finish.” Vintage Notes In 2000, mild spring weather paved the way for a long growing season. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin in mid-August, allowing some of the cool vineyard sources to mature into late September. This weather dynamic produced intensely aromatic Chardonnay with rich viscosity and a long, acidic backbone. Varietal Composition: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir County Composition: 60% Napa, 20% Mendocino, 12% Sonoma, 8% Marin Principal Chardonnay Blocks: Napa-Carneros: Tognetti Southeast, Tognetti Northwest, Schwarze Anderson Valley: Rose Marin County: Pacheco Harvest Dates: August 4–September 28, 2000 Barrel Fermentation: 38% Alcohol: 12.8% TA: 0.99 g/100ml pH: 3.02 RS: 1.15 g/100ml Bottling Date: April 23, 2001 Aging: 5 years, 9 months sur lie Disgorge Dates: January 25–26, 2007 Release Date: September 1, 2007 Cases Produced: 1,542 9L cases

From the inception of Schramsberg’s efforts in 1965, the winery has sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in our sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsberg’s philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Representing only 3% of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the top 10–15 lots of the approximately 200 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992. More than 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros, Anderson Valley and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged en tirage in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for more than five years, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage. J. Schram is quite appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, tangy cheeses, seafood brochettes or risotto with prosciutto. Tasting Notes “The 2000 J. Schram exhibits aromas of pineapple with melon and apple cider along with citrus notes of orange peel and lemon custard. Rich creamy notes of crème brûlée, fresh baked baguette and toasted nuts are derived from barrel fermentation and nearly 6 years of yeast aging. This voluptuous sparkling wine showcases the bright citrus and tangy, tropical fruit of the Tognetti and Schwarze Chardonnay vineyards along Bayview Avenue in southern Napa-Carneros. The addition of 20% Pinot Noir lends subtle red fruit aromas and gives breadth to both the nose and palate. A creamy yet refreshing wine, the 2000 J. Schram has a long, quenching, seamless finish.” Vintage Notes In 2000, mild spring weather paved the way for a long growing season. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin in mid-August, allowing some of the cool vineyard sources to mature into late September. This weather dynamic produced intensely aromatic Chardonnay with rich viscosity and a long, acidic backbone. Varietal Composition: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir County Composition: 60% Napa, 20% Mendocino, 12% Sonoma, 8% Marin Principal Chardonnay Blocks: Napa-Carneros: Tognetti Southeast, Tognetti Northwest, Schwarze Anderson Valley: Rose Marin County: Pacheco Harvest Dates: August 4–September 28, 2000 Barrel Fermentation: 38% Alcohol: 12.8% TA: 0.99 g/100ml pH: 3.02 RS: 1.15 g/100ml Bottling Date: April 23, 2001 Aging: 5 years, 9 months sur lie Disgorge Dates: January 25–26, 2007 Release Date: September 1, 2007 Cases Produced: 1,542 9L cases

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