Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram, North Coast – 1999

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  • Introduction

    • From the inception of Schramsberg’s efforts 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 premier release in 1992. The 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros in southern Napa and along the Pacific Coast that go into the J.Schram are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date is selected. Complexity is gained in the wine through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for over five years.

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

  • Vineyard Profile

    • County Composition: 57% Napa, 15% Mendocino, 15% Monterey, 13% Sonoma
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 74% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 0.99g/100ml
    • p H: 3.02
    • RS: 1.28g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 1999 J. Schram opens with aromas of glazed pineapple, orange marmalade and crisp green apples. Just-baked puff pastry and rich creamy notes are derived from barrel fermentation (38%) and yeast aging. This powerful wine showcases the bright citrus and tangy, tropical fruit of the Tognetti, Hyde and Schwarze Chardonnay Vineyards in southern Napa in the Carneros region. The addition of 24 percent Pinot Noir lends subtle red fruit aromas and gives breadth to both the nose and palate. A creamy yet refreshing wine, with a long, seamless finish.

      Hugh Davies, Winemaker



  • J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – Decanter

    The Californication of Champagne

    “…Chardonnay-dominant, pure and refined.”

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 1999 – 93 points, Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast

    Best of Year Issue

    “Compared to the winery’s ’99 Reserve, with which it was co-released, this bubbly is slightly sweeter, softer and smoother. It’s a fancy wine, drinkable now with crab cakes or smoked salmon or on its own, of course. Chardonnay-based, the wine possesses a light elegance and very great finesse. But it should age well over the next ten years.”