Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2011
Schramsberg Brut Rosé is flavorful, complex and dry, making it both versatile with food and delicious by itself as an apéritif. 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, 34% Sonoma, 22% Mendocino, 8% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 29-October 20
- Barrel Fermentation: 43%
- Varietal Composition: 61% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 8,047 cases
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 0.92g/100ml
- p H: 3.03
- RS: 1.11g/100ml
- Release Date: September 1, 2014
The 2011 Brut Rosé has generous aromas of tangerine, strawberry, cranberry and watermelon. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of candied ginger and warm pastry dough. On the palate, there are flavors of mandarin orange, pomelo, pineapple and strawberry. The wine has a fresh, bright acidity with a long, crisp and refreshing finish. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2011 – 92 points, Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast
“A grand blend of rich flavors spreads across the palate while fresh acidity and lively bubbles give a vivid mouth feel and carry the mild cherry and cinnamon flavors to the finish.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2011 – 91 points – Wine Spectator
“Graceful, with strawberry aromas and hints of graham cracker, followed by crisp, elegant and lingering flavors of red apple, raspberry and spice.”
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2011 – Winning Rosé Champagnes To Woo Your Valentine – Forbes
"Fabulous! A clean, crisp purity is matched by a pampering elegance of truly luxurious dimensions."
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2011
This wine’s tangerine, strawberry, cranberry and watermelon aromas are complemented by candied ginger and warm pastry dough. Mandarin orange, pineapple and strawberry flavors are highlighted by bright acidity and a long, crisp and refreshing finish.