Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Brut Rosé, North Coast, CA, 2005

J. Schram Rosé is made from the vintage’s best lots from Schramsberg’s collection of cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Monterey and the Sonoma/Marin coast. A polished marriage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine showcases Schramsberg’s signature style of weaving together small lots of wines fermented in stainless steel tanks with lots fermented in French oak barrels. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, the J. Schram Rosé was aged for seven years in Schramsberg’s historic caves. This wine is the companion to Schramsberg’s flagship J. Schram, which is considered by many to be the ultimate expression of artisan American sparkling wine. Only 1,013 cases of the 2005 J. Schram Rosé were produced.

“The 2005 J. Schram Rosé shows identifying characteristics of the cool growing season. The aroma is generous and bright with fresh strawberry, Mandarin orange and ripe cherry, followed by nuances of lemon custard, and toasted almond. Flavors of raspberry and cherry are complemented by Ruby Red grapefruit, Meyer lemon and apricot. The palate finishes with lingering flavors of candied ginger and roasted hazelnut. The texture is both viscous and mouthwatering with a long and savory acidity.” ~ Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies 

From the Critics:

95 points Robert Parker: “I was blown away by these three cuvées of sparkling wines from Schramsberg. I have been a longtime critic of most California sparkling wines, especially when compared to the finest Champagnes, but all three of these offerings opened my eyes and then some. They are three totally different cuvées made by this iconic producer in Napa Valley.” ~ Robert Parker

“[The 2005 J. Schram Rosé] could easily compete with the finest rosé Champagnes from France... Kudos to Schramsberg for a brilliant trio of sparkling wines.” ~ Robert Parker  

 

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