Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2010

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate, off-dry sparkling wine: an American original. Crémant is French for “creamy” and traditionally refers to a wine with light effervescence. It has approximately half the pressure of Schramsberg’s other sparkling wines and presents a creamier texture with more exotic flavors. Schramsberg made California’s first Crémant in 1972. After rigorous study, Jack and Jamie Davies chose a unique California grape named Flora (a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at UC Davis) to be the core component of this sparkling wine. Flora unites the fruit-forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. Aging on the yeast for about two years prior to disgorgement adds complexity, yet the wine will retain its youthful appeal for 20 years or more.

      Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec has been served at many State events, including President Reagan’s Second Inaugural Luncheon and President Clinton’s dinner for the prime minister of Canada. Most recently, the Crémant Demi-sec was served at a White House Dinner hosted by President Obama for Bilateral Chairpersons of the Congressional Committees.

      The sweetness in Crémant is subtle, providing a fine balance with desserts, such as fruit tarts, poached fruits, light cakes, custards, exotic sorbets, gingerbread and crème brûlée. It also complements a wide range of spicy Asian foods, blue cheeses and matches especially well with foie gras.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 96% Napa, 2.5% Mendocino, 1.5% Sonoma, 1% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 11-October 8
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 3%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 88% Flora, 11% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,997 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
    • TA: 0.67g/100ml
    • p H: 3.10
    • RS: 3.42g/L
    • Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2010 Crémant Demi-sec has exotic aromas of fresh mango, guava, candied orange and caramelized apple. The fruitful elements are accentuated by developed aromas of almond and caramelized sugar. The palate has generous flavors of pineapple, orange and peach. This sparkling wine offers rich flavors, viscous texture and a long, lingering finish. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers

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Reviews

  • Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2010 – Gold Star – Santé Magazine

    “Lovely aromas of apple blossom, white peach, apricot, and sweet lemon, over a good mineral base. Citrus on the palate, followed by notes of pear, wild honey, and tropical flavors. Soft finish gives way to a minerally end. Very nice wine.”

  • Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2010 – Perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving feast – Chicago Sun Times

    “…a contoured wine with baked gingerbread and almond cookie aromas. The soft effervescence and well-defined fruit is kept in balance with some orange citrus notes that are integrated between velvety layers.”

  • Crémant Demi-sec, North Coast – 2010 – 93 points, Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast

    "...complex in aroma, elegant in texture and balance, rich in flavor and long on the finish. An appealing fresh-bread aroma leads to rich poached-pear flavors."

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