Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram, North Coast – 2005

download facts sheet Download tasting notes where to buy
  • 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. Representing only 3 percent of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the very best base wine lots of the approximately 250 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.

      Cluster samples from more than 90 cool-climate vineyard sources 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 on the yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.

      J. Schram is appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar on toast point, smoked salmon, tangy cheeses, seafood brochettes, cedar-planked lobster, mesquite-grilled quail or Serrano ham and porcini risotto.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Chardonnay Blocks

      Napa-Carneros: Schwarze, Hudson, Hyde, Tognetti, Jones

      Sonoma County: Hawk Hill, Bates

    • County Composition: 59% Napa, 31% Sonoma, 6% Mendocino, 4% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • A wet March provided a large groundwater supply and set up flowering in the latter part of May. A mild, temperate summer followed, allowing for gradual sugar accumulation and slow, even ripening. Delicious flavor development and high acid retention are trademarks of this sparkling wine season.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 5-October 31
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Bottled: April 10-11, 2006
    • Disgorged: January 11-March 12, 2012
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 86% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 5,794 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 0.87g/100ml
    • p H: 3.12
    • RS: 1.10g/100ml
    • Release Date: April 1, 2012
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2005 J. Schram shows classic characteristics of a very cool vintage. The aroma is fresh and bright with green apple, ripe grapefruit and pineapple followed by nuances of lemon custard, creme brûlée and toasted hazelnut. White peach and crisp citrus flavors are carried with accents of tart pear and apple. The palate is furthered layered with sweet, spicy flavors of candied ginger and lemon curd. The texture is both viscous and mouthwatering, and the wine finishes with a long, lingering acidity. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers



  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2005 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Lush and juicy with rich fruit and tangy acidity; complex and lively with apple fruit and notes of citrus; elegant, dense and long."

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2005 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Lush and juicy with rich fruit and tangy acidity; complex and lively with apple fruit and notes of citrus; elegant, dense and long."

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2005 – 94 points – The Wine Advocate

    "…Crisp notes of pear, apple skin and brioche in a medium-bodied, complex yet delicate style with tiny pinpoint bubbles, persistent effervescence and a dry, crisp finish. This beautiful sparkling wine is intense yet delicate."

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2005 – 95 points, Top 100 Cellar Selections 2012 – #77 – Wine Enthusiast

    “This four-county blend is a selection of what the winemakers consider their best lots of the vintage…its richness is already apparent: it shows complex toast, leesy yeast, crème brûlée, lemondrop sour candy and ripe pear flavors. A gorgeous sparkling wine…”