Schramsberg Reserve 2001

Schramsberg, North Coast, Reserve 2001 The nose is very smoky and toasty, with a sense of freshly buttered pastry. In the mouth, the wine is reminiscent of a fresh pastry made with lemon and custard and topped with lots of lime cordial – a sweet-tart essense that is quite long. This wine is very rich style of sparkling yet I would have to say that the J. Schram recently reviewed saw a better reception from the class.

Tasted a year later, in 2009, there’s more of a mushroom-like essence in the nose, a smell that is quite complex and fetching. The grapes are 70% Pinot Noir and 3% Chardonnay, sourced from Marin 6%, Napa 29%, Sonoma 30% and Mendocino 35%. Complexity is achieved through 40% barrel fermentation and just over 5 years on the lees. The wine was disgorged in August ’07 and the dosage is 11.6 grams/litre. Vintner Hugh Davies. P&B in Calistoga. 12.4% $73.49 at Bottle Barn Schramsberg

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Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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