J. Schram, North Coast
The 2011 J. Schram is a stunning bubbly that is remarkably fresh and crisp despite its age. Showing notes of lemon, crunchy apple and toasted brioche, it reflects the classic methode traditionnelle style. On top of that, it is a California sparkler for the ages, meaning it will continue to shine for years to come if stored properly.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
The latest J. Schram from the 2011 vintage is, as always, a wine with richness to spare. It is, at every point, from its keenly autolzyed aromas to its seemingly unending flavors, a very deep and involvingly complex working with lovely integration of its manifold parts. It possesses terrific energy while displaying an uncanny sense of grace for a wine that is as uncompromisingly rich as it is, and, although on the one hand close to hedonistic, it is, on the other, a bottle that invites slow contemplation as it reveals more and more layering with each successive sip.
Handsome and fully mature, this well-aged bottle of bubbles is all about complexity. Tempting aromas of toasted walnuts and buttered baguettes are backed by mellow lemon and tangerine notes that keep the palate fresh from the start to the lingering finish.