Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2014

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

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  • J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2014 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    "Precise and detailed, with handsome baked apple and cherry flavors that take on cinnamon brioche and zesty ginger accents, which build richness on the finish. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay."

  • J. Schram Noirs, North Coast — 2014 – Wine Spectator – 94 Points

    "Precise and detailed, with handsome baked apple and cherry flavors that take on cinnamon brioche and zesty ginger accents, which build richness on the finish."

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