Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2007
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an aperitif. The character of the wine is most strongly influenced by bright, flavorful Pinot Noir grown in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. A few small lots of Pinot Noir are fermented in contact with their skins to add depth and subtle color to this unique sparkling wine. Chardonnay gives spice, structure and length on the palate.
Hand picking, careful handling and gentle pressing produce a wine of delicacy, free of skin and seed tannin. Following the fall harvest and base winemaking period, an extensive process of blending trial and refinement is carried out in the spring. The finished blend is aged on the yeast in the bottle for about two years, just enough to achieve refined effervescence and toastiness without diminishing its refreshing, vibrant appeal.
Enjoy this rich, delicious sparkler on almost any occasion at your favorite restaurant, a special dinner at home, at a beach picnic or a backyard barbecue. It is a very versatile wine; try it with sushi, salmon, rock shrimp, pizza, roast chicken, BBQ ribs, burgers, chocolate raspberry tarts and creamy cheeses with summer fruits.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 36% Napa, 33% Sonoma, 23% Mendocino, 8% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 10-October 16
- Barrel Fermentation: 30%
- Varietal Composition: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 7,419 cases
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 12.6%
- TA: 0.88g/100ml
- p H: 3.09
- Release Date: August 1, 2010
Juicy strawberry jumps out of the glass, followed by raspberry and cherries. The berry bouquet is complemented by mandarin orange and papaya. The palate has exotic flavors of mango and cantaloupe, followed by mouthwatering citrus. A juicy viscosity leads to a long, lingering finish. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2007 – 92 points – The Tasting Panel
“Light pink; smooth raspberry nose; lush and balanced with raspberry and juicy acidity; fine bubbles; crisp, elegant and quite lovely.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2007 – 92 points – The Wine Advocate
"...beautiful light salmon/pink color as well as a terrific nose of framboise/kirsch and strawberries. The wine hits the palate with freshness...medium body and a fresh, long finish. This beauty is a top-notch dry rose sparkling wine."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2007 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast
"this Pinot Noir-based blush is rich and full-bodied. It has considerable weight for a bubbly, but the acidity and freshness and yeasty tang lift it up to Champagne elegance. Impossible not to fall in love with this raspberry-scented beauty...."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2007 – 91 points – Wine Spectator
“Boldly structured, yet retains a sense of delicacy, with floral strawberry and spice aromas and full-bodied cherry, vanilla and caramel apple flavors that linger on a festive finish.”