Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2012

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg, the pioneer of premium quality American sparkling wines, is proud to present its ninth 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

    • Principal Chardonnay Blocks:
      Napa-Carneros: Tognetti
      Sonoma Coast: Horseshoe Bend, Hawk Hill
      Marin: Skywalker Vineyards

      Principal Pinot Noir Blocks:
      Sonoma Coast: Nobles, Saltonstall
      Anderson Valley: Juster
      Marin: Skywalker Vineyards

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 58% Sonoma, 23% Napa, 11% Marin, 8% Mendocino
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2012 North Coast wine grape harvest saw textbook conditions, with an ideal bud break and flowering, that led to an even fruit set over the spring. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights during the summer months was ideal for the grapes as they matured. Any significant rains held off until the grapes found optimal ripeness, promoting exceptional fruit quality with a uniform balance of acids and sugars.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 5 - 29
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 40%
    • Bottled: March 28, 2013
    • Disgorged: May 1 - 6, 2020
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 59% Chardonnay, 41% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,568 (9-Liter)
    • Alcohol: 12.8%
    • TA: 8.8 g/l
    • p H: 3.10
    • RS: 8.3 g/l
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2012 J. Schram Rosé immediately pleases the eye with its copper tinged, pale salmon color. It opens with aromas of apricot and strawberry shortcake, balanced by aspects of candied orange, peach, plum and vanilla wafer. Layers of cranberry, raspberry, cherry and green apple suffuse the palate, with honey and brown sugar adding additional complexity. Rich, vibrant with bright acidity and closing with a well-integratedfinish, this wine is truly a feast for the senses.” —Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies



  • Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2012 – Wine Enthusiast – 97 Points

    This wonderful wine layers together subtle red fruit, cinnamon, tamarind and savory, meaty accents for an extraordinarily complex outcome. Mouth filling and rich in texture but also lively and bright in underlying acidity, it is beautifully balanced and will age well.

  • Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Rosé, North Coast – 2012 – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine – 97 Points

    As deep, as rich and as refined as a champenized Rosé is likely to be, the 2012 J. Schram once again garners top marks and stands at the head of its class. It is both fruity and highly autolyzed with layer upon layer of cherries and creamy yeast, and, for all of its riveting richness, it evokes an uncanny sense of polish and real elegance. It is guaranteed to complement a serving of pan-seared fois gras or the likes of Lobster Newburg in ways that few wines can do, but it is just as sure to make even everyday fare more memorable than might be imagined. It is that good!