Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram, North Coast – 1998

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  • Introduction

    • From the inception of its efforts at Schramsberg in 1965, the winery has sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in its sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsberg’s philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, this special bottling has been a great success since its first release in 1992.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros in southern Napa and along the Pacific Coast that went into the J. Schram were carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples were pulled several times before the optimal pick date was selected.

      Source: 50% Napa County, 21% Mendocino County, 18% Monterey County, 11% Marin County

  • Vintage Report

    • The diverse 1998 vintage gave Schramsberg dense, concentrated fruit. The cool and late growing season, finished by an Indian Summer, allowed the grapes to hang on the vine longer than usual. The lowered yields promoted focused, complex characters in each vineyard. 29% barrel and malolactic fermentation lended weight and viscosity to this opulent wine.

  • Vinification

    • Complexity was gained in the wine through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots underwent malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine was then aged in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for over five years.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 76% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Noir

      Production: 2,000 cases

      Alcohol: 12.7%

      TA: 0.93 g/100ml

      pH: 3.01

      RS: 1.07%

  • Tasting Notes

    • “With just a hint of red berry fruit from Pinot Noir, this Chardonnay-driven wine combines the best of both noble varieties. Rich, tropical fruit aromas are reflected on the palate—pineapple, citrus and cherry. Toasted hazelnuts and freshly-baked sourdough grace the senses, emphasizing the importance of time spent yeast-aging in our caves. The mid-palate, luxurious with vanilla cream, is complemented by a rich, zesty, seamless finish that lasts as long as the memories of this unforgettable wine. ”

      Hugh Davies, Winemaker

      Suggested Food Pairings

      J. Schram is appealing as an aperitif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, mild cheeses, seafood brochettes and risotto with prosciutto.