J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2013
Originally released as our “Reserve”, with the 2013 vintage this bottling was renamed “J. Schram Noirs” to denote this wine’s Pinot Noir-based core. J. Schram Noirs is Schramsberg’s top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing 2% of our annual production, this richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. We release this finished sparkling wine nearly nine years after the grapes are harvested, yet this fruitful and dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for decades to come.
Though primarily Pinot Noir, small amounts of select Chardonnay lots are added to the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermented lots are also layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Each bottle is aged in contact with its yeast in our historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for eight years, affording the development of seasoned, roasted and caramelized richness. The yeast is then removed and a finishing dosage, determined through extensive and comprehensive trials, is added to fine-tune the wine’s balance of flavor and structure.
J. Schram Noirs is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roast duck with mango, cedar-plank grilled salmon, and curried chicken salad. This flavorful sparkling wine can also be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack, or Irish Coolea.
Appellation: North Coast
Principal Chardonnay Blocks:
Marin: Skywalker, Grossi, Redding Ranch
County Composition: 65% Marin, 25% Sonoma, 9% Napa, 1% Mendocino
- Harvest Date(s): August 16 – September 9, 2013
- Barrel Fermentation: 30%
- Aging: 8 years en tirage
- Bottled: April 14, 2014
- Disgorged: May 25, 2022
- Alcohol: 12.9%
- TA: 8.0 g/L
- p H: 3.15
- RS: 8.0 g/L
The 2013 North Coast vintage harvest was an ideal season with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer. “Condensed, even and excellent” are three words used to describe the growing season. The season began early, with a warm and dry spring, and beautiful weather extended all the way through an early harvest. Yields overall were above average and fruit showed great balance of acidity and sugar, leading to optimal flavor development.
J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2013 – 95 Points
"Pale salmon in the glass, this wine exudes aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, white strawberries, and just-ripe white nectarines along with classic lees aromas of freshly baked bread and pastry dough. The palate has a consistently fine-bubbled mousse and an elevated acidity that keeps the fresh fruits forward whilst always maintaining the depth, complexity and layers of developed flavors."
J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2013 – Decanter – 96 Points
"This rose-gold blanc de noirs beauty glistens in the glass. A burst of bruised red apple skin and red fruits hits your olfactory senses like a freight train… and that’s all before you even taste it. Maraschino cherry syrup, ripe strawberries and pomegranate on the palate showcase quiet maturity and confidence."
J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2013 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points
“Richly detailed and vibrant, with expressive cherry, lemon verbena and candied ginger accents that build zest and polish on the lingering finish.”