J. Schram, North Coast – 2000
Beginning with the 2000 vintage, J. Schram is presented with an elegant gift box.
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. Representing only three percent of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the top 10 to 15 lots of the approximately 200 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992.
More than 80 vineyard blocks in Carneros, Anderson Valley and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained 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 en tirage in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for more than five years, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.
J. Schram is quite appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, tangy cheeses, seafood brochettes or risotto with prosciutto.
Principal Chardonnay Blocks
Napa-Carneros: Tognetti Southeast, Tognetti Northwest, Schwarze
Anderson Valley: Rose
Marin County: Pacheco
- County Composition: 60% Napa, 20% Mendocino, 12% Sonoma, 8% Marin
In 2000, mild spring weather paved the way for a long growing season. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin mid-August, allowing some of the cool vineyard sources to mature into late September. This weather dynamic produced intensely aromatic Chardonnay with rich viscosity and a long, acidic backbone.
- Harvest Date(s): August 4–September 22
- Barrel Fermentation: 38%
- Aging: 5 years, 9 months sur lie
- Bottled: April 23, 2001
- Disgorged: January 25–26, 2007
- Varietal Composition: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir
- Production (in cases): 3,084 cases (6/750ml)
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 0.99 g/100ml
- RS: 1.15 g/100ml
- Release Date: September 1, 2007
This wine exhibits aromas of pineapple with melon and apple cider along with citrus notes of orange peel and lemon custard. Rich creamy notes of crème brûlée, fresh baked baguette and toasted nuts are derived from barrel fermentation and nearly six years of yeast aging. This voluptuous sparkling wine showcases the bright citrus and tangy, tropical fruit of the Tognetti and Schwarze Chardonnay vineyards along Bayview Avenue in southern Napa-Carneros. The addition of 20 percent Pinot Noir lends subtle red fruit aromas and gives breadth to both the nose and palate. A creamy yet refreshing wine, the 2000 J. Schram has a long, quenching, seamless finish.
Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer, Winemakers
J. Schram, North Coast – 2000 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast
“Right up there with the recent string of fabulous têtes de cuvées, the 2000 shows the concentration, power and subtlety...exotic and complex flavors of tangerines and raspberries, candied ginger, coconut macaroons, baked bread and yeast..."
J. Schram, North Coast – 2000 – 91 points – Wine Spectator
“Bold nutty, yeasty aromas mix with ripe pear and citrus notes and lead to full-bodied apple, cherry pie, ginger and cinnamon flavors. The finish is rich and distinctive.”