Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2012
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: 52% Sonoma, 24% Marin, 16% Napa, 8% Mendocino
- Harvest Date(s): August 23-September 27
- Barrel Fermentation: 33%
- Varietal Composition: 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 9,180 cases (9L)
- Alcohol: 13%
- TA: 0.87g/100ml
- p H: 3.07
- RS: 1.13g/100ml
- Release Date: June 1, 2015
The 2012 Brut Rosé has generous aromas of mixed red berries, orange blossom and white peach. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of shortcake and cream. The palate bursts with flavors of raspberry sorbet, lemon custard and summer apricot. The wine has a fresh, juicy acidity which drives to a supple, round finish. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers
Schramsberg Brut Rosé North Coast – 2012 – Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wines
Schramsberg’s magnum bottling of Brut Rosé dramatically confirms our long-held beliefs in the virtues of sparkling wines made in larger formats, and, from its remarkably creamy mousse to the extra autolzyed richness that comes from more than five years en tirage, this is a Rosé that ranks with best to be found...
Schramsberg Brut Rosé North Coast – 2012 (1.5l) – Wine & Spirits – 92 Points
Coppery pink, this is a floral, strawberry-scented rosé focused on pinot noir from Sonoma County. There’s dynamic freshness in the wine’s lemony acidity and the scents of strawberry leaves and rising bread dough. Those elements contrast sweeter notes of white peach and Rainier cherries. It’s clean and lasting, refreshing in the end.
Schramsberg Brut Rosé North Coast – 2012 – Wine Spectator – 90
Festive yet refined, with vibrant cherry, toasted cinnamon and spice flavors that linger on a crisp finish. Drink now.
Brut Rosé, North Coast – 2012 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast
“It has a vivid light-copper color, an aroma like red cherries and apple skin, and flavors that are bright and fresh. The balance is almost austere but rounds after a couple of sips.”