Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2005

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to present its fourth vintage of J. Schram Rosé. This wine is the result of a singular focus of producing a California rosé comparable to the finest made anywhere in the world. J. Schram Rosé is made from the vintage’s best lots from Schramsberg’s collection of 90 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin. A polished marriage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this wine showcases Schramsberg’s signature style of weaving together small lots of wines fermented in stainless-steel tanks with lots fermented in neutral French oak barrels. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, the J. Schram Rosé was aged on the lees for seven years in Schramsberg’s historic caves, and then hand-riddled and finished with a select brut dosage. This wine is the companion to Schramsberg’s flagship J. Schram, which is considered by many to be the ultimate expression of artisan American sparkling wine.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Blocks
      Hyde, Hudson, Schwarze
      Anderson Valley:
      Sonoma: Hawk Hill, Keefer, Jonive, Bates

    • County Composition: 55% Napa, 29% Sonoma, 9% Mendocino, 7% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • A wet March provided great 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): August 15-October 5
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Aging: 7 years on the yeast
    • Bottled: April 10, 2006
    • Disgorged: March 28, 2013
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 79% Chardonnay, 21% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,013 cases (6/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.3%
    • TA: 0.89g/100ml
    • p H: 3.14
    • RS: 1.15g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2005 J. Schram Rosé shows identifying characteristics of the cool growing season. The aroma is generous and bright with fresh strawberry, Mandarin orange and ripe cherry, followed by nuances of lemon custard and toasted almond. Flavors of raspberry and cherry are complemented by Ruby Red grapefruit, Meyer lemon and apricot. The palate finishes with lingering flavors of candied ginger and roasted hazelnut. The texture is both viscous and mouthwatering with a long and savory acidity. Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer, Winemakers



  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – 91 points, Years Best Summer Sparklers – Wine & Spirits

    "The varietal composition emphasizes chardonnay…while pinot noir contributes the flavors -- raspberry gelee, the pink of peach skin…It feels youthful after seven years on the yeast, refreshing in its fine bubbles and gentle, fruit-driven flavors.”

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – 93 points – Wine Spectator

    "Bold strawberry and shortbread aromas accent rich, complex flavors of melon, spicy lemon zest and fresh ginger."

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – Island Kitchen – Wine Enthusiast

    "The Wine: Shawn LaRue, consulting wine director at the spa recommends Schramsberg's J. Schram Rose from Califorinia's North Coast to pair with the dish. The sparkling wine is 'a perfect textural match for the tofu, tomato and egg salad with passion fruit', LaRue says."

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2005 – 95 points – The Wine Advocate

    "This light strawberry-colored rose offers up notes of mulberries, cranberries, cherries and strawberries. Medium-bodied and dry with precise bubbles, this beauty could easily compete with the finest rose Champagnes from France"