Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Brut Rosé, North Coast — 2020

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  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Family owned and operated for over fifty years, Schramsberg Vineyards was established in 1965 by Jack and Jamie Davies who set out to make world-class, vintage-dated sparkling wine in the true méthode traditionelle style on the property originally established in 1862 by German immigrants.

      WINE: Schramsberg Brut Rosé is fruitful, 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 along the coast from southern Mendocino County to northern Marin County.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: The character of Schramsberg wines reflects access to the best cool-climate sites in Napa, Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino.
    • Appellation: North Coast
    • Location: California
    • County Composition: 67% Sonoma, 14% Mendocino, 12% Marin, 7% Napa
    • Cultivation: Sustainable; Solar
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2020 growing season was preceded by a dry, mild winter. Bud break began earlier than normal and crop yields were light, which led to an early harvest start. Cool and moderate summer conditions gave way to heat spells and forest fires through August and September. Our team worked through these challenges to produce a delicious array of sparkling wines.

  • Vinification

    • Hand picking, careful handling, and gentle pressing produce a wine of delicacy, aromatic purity, and depth. Following the fall harvest and fermentation of the base wines, extensive tasting trials are carried out in the spring to create a polished blend reflective of the vintage. The finished blend undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle before aging on its yeast lees for about two years, just enough to achieve refined effervescence and toastiness without diminishing its refreshing, vibrant appeal.

    • Barrel Fermentation: 26%
    • Aging: On the yeast lees for about two years
    • Bottled: Bottled May 21 - June 1, 2021
    • Disgorged: May 3 - May 9, 2023
  • Technical Information

    • Yeast: EC-1118 commonly referred to as “prise de mousse”

    • Varietal Composition: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • TA: 7.8 g/l
    • p H: 3.19
    • RS: 9.0 g/l
  • Tasting Notes

    • “This Brut Rosé opens with aromas of strawberry, raspberry, and Bing cherry; which interweave with hints of golden apple and pear; and are brightened by notes of rangpur lime and mandarin orange. The palate bursts with juicy red berries, summer stone fruit, pineapple, and tangerine, complemented by candied apple and creamy vanilla. This is all supported and balanced by refreshing acidity and a lingering finish.”
         — Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies



  • Brut Rosé, North Coast — 2020 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points

    “Generous yet steely at the core, with fragrant raspberry, rose petal and gingerbread accents that dance on the long, zesty finish.”