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    514
  • Producer ranking ?

    9
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025

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Schramsberg Reserve is our top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Typically representing about 3% of our annual production, this richly-flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Six years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for a good 20 years beyond the vintage date.

 

More than 80 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are managed each year to achieve the best possible fruit for our sparkling wines. Hand-picking, early-morning harvesting, and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of select Chardonnay are included in the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermentation lots are layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Extensive tasting is conducted over the winter months, with as many as 200 base wines being taken into consideration. Following bottle Fermentation, each bottle is aged in contact with its own yeast in our historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for a minimum of nearly five years. The finishing dosage is the result of comprehensive trials to fine-tune balance of flavor and acidity.

 

Our Reserve is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roasted duck with mango, cedar-plank grilled salmon, and curried chicken salad. This flavorful bubbly also can be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack or Irish Coolea.

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TASTING BOOK

“The 2004 Reserve is an expressive wine showing profound aromas of ripe cherry and Mandarin orange that evolve into warm honey and marzipan. Not to be outdone, the palate is rich with flavors of raspberry, spiced apples and candied ginger. Crisp on entry and velvety in texture, the wine lingers in the mouth with a long balanced acidity.”

– Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies

Varietal Composition: 84% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay

County Composition: 33% Mendocino, 31% Sonoma, 19% Napa, 17% Marin

Principal Pinot Noir Blocks: Mendocino County: Corby, Juster Sonoma County: Saltonstall

Napa County: Hyde

Marin County: Stevens

Appellation: North Coast

Harvest Dates: August 12, 2004 - September 11, 2004

Barrel Fermentation: 37%

Alcohol: 12.5%

TA: 0.80 g/100mL

pH: 3.1

RS: 1.15 g/100mL

Bottling Date: May 19, 2005

Aging: 6 years, 6 months

Disgorge Dates: November 2, 2011

Release Date: February 1, 2012

Cases Produced: 1,668 (9-Liter)

Suggested Retail: $110

Available Formats: 750mL, 1.5L

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Calistoga, Napa Valley
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