Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2009

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to present its seventh vintage of J. Schram Rosé. This sparkling wine is the result of a singular focus to produce a California sparkling rosé comparable with the finest made anywhere in the world. This wine is blended from the vintage’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wine lots from Schramsberg’s collection of 115 cool-climate partner vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin. Following secondary fermentation in the bottle, this wine was aged on its yeast lees for seven years in Schramsberg’s historic caves. It was then hand-riddled and finished with a select brut dosage.

      J. Schram Rosé is the epitome of grace, style and elegance in a glass, it lends itself to be served as an aperitif, with a first course or a light main course. Courses might include consommés, cedar planked lobster, scallop ceviche, seared swordfish, fresh crab, roasted poultry or braised pork loin.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: North Coast
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2009, rain and mild temperatures came together to create the best scenario possible for vines and grapes. There were very few frost incidents, allowing for good set on the vines. Though rainfall was little more than two-thirds of normal, much of it came in late spring which delayed irrigation needs. A warm spell in June helped curtail excessive canopy development. With minimal heat spikes during the growing season, the vines were able to gradually ripen the fruit for picking at the optimal times.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 22 - September 12, 2009
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 31%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 65% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,440 (9-Liter)
    • Alcohol: 13.4%
    • TA: 8.2 g/l
    • p H: 3.07
    • RS: 10.3 g/l
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2009 J. Schram Rosé exhibits generous aromas of pineapple, strawberry, peach and mango, balanced by aspects of shortbread, spice and honey. Concentrated flavors of juicy stonefruit and candied citrus are partnered with undertones of white pepper, graham cracker and toasted brioche. The creamy palate is supported by a focused acidity that leads into a long, layered and clean finish.” —Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies



  • Schramsberg J. Schram Rosé North Coast – 2009 – Wine Enthusiast – 94 Points

    Quite complex and subtly spicy, this elegant wine gives a full array of flavors, a crisp but polished texture and a wonderful lingering finish. It has a light-copper-gold color, aromas like ginger cookies and freshly baked bread and flavors of peaches and delicate rose petals accented by light baking spices.

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – 92 Points – Wine Spectator

    "Sparkling Polished and expressive, with bold brioche and strawberry aromas that open to silky and layered apple, graham cracker and spiced nut flavors. Drink now through 2019." 

  • J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2009 – 95 points – Wine Advocate

    "...has a very pale salmon/amber color and pronounced potpourri, kirsch, apple pie and cinnamon stick nose. The palate is very fine and fresh, with evolved fruit and autolytic notes layering on the complexity, finishing long and harmonious.”