Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram, North Coast – 2006

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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. 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 100 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
      Schwarze, Jones, Hyde, Tognetti
      Sonoma County: Hawk Hill, Bates

    • County Composition: 47% Napa, 46% Sonoma, 6% Marin, 1% Mendocino
  • Vintage Report

    • A cool, wet spring delayed budbreak, with flowering beginning in early June. Heat in July promoted ripening, paving the way for harvest to start near the end of August. The vintage was drawn out due to cool weather in August and September. With no environmental pressures to start harvest, grapes were picked at the precise ripeness for sparkling wine with delicious flavors, low sugars and high acidities.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 2-October 8
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Bottled: April 10-11, 2007
    • Disgorged: February 2013, September 2013, January 2014
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 87% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 3,231 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.2%
    • TA: 0.90g/100ml
    • p H: 3.12
    • RS: 1.20g/100ml
    • Release Date: April 1, 2014
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2006 J. Schram opens with bright aromas of green apple, ripe grapefruit and sweet pineapple followed by exotic nuances of mango, guava, panna cotta and toasted almond. On first sip, tangerine and Kaffir lime are present, which are accentuated by layers of tart pear and Fuji apple. The palate’s texture is viscous and savory on entry. A long finish is driven by generous mouthwatering and lingering acidity. Keith Hock and Hugh Davies, Winemakers



  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2006 – 10 Top Wines to Pack for a Summer Picnic – Robb Report

    “an ethereal bouquet of tropical fruit—mango, pineapple, and coconut—and a meringue-like texture on the palate. This wine is the perfect pour for holiday receptions…”

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2006 – 33rd Annual Best of The Best: California Sparkling Wines – Quarterly Review of Wines

    “As with the Schramsberg [2007 Reserve], a superb bottling. Apple, toasty, hazelnut, rich, creamy, and elegantly long. CO-BEST OF SHOW.”

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2006 – Best of the Best 2015 – Robb Report

    "The Schramsberg 2006 J. Schram gently coats the palate with its luxurious mousse-like texture, revealing essences of poached pear, candied lemon, pastry, and pistachio."

  • J. Schram, North Coast – 2006 – Gold Star – Santé Magazine

    “Clean and crisp apple aromas give way to notes of honeysuckle, mango, almonds and spicy oak. Rich on the palate, offering white peach, pear, lemon, sweet apple and toasted hazelnuts. Creamy citrus on the rich finish. Wonderfully crafted.”