Mirabelle Brut, California – Non Vintage
Mirabelle is Schramsberg’s multi-vintage brut sparkling wine. This flavorful, bright bubbly exhibits the crisp acidity and vibrant apple/citrus fruit that is characteristic of cool-climate Chardonnay. Pinot Noir adds body to the palate and further depth of fruit flavor. Twenty years into building an outstanding range of vintage dated sparkling wines, the Davies family set out to master the non-vintage or “multi-vintage” traditional method technique. A few years of experimentation would ultimately lead to the successful launch of Mirabelle Brut and Mirabelle Brut Rosé in 1992. Unlike our vintage bottlings, Mirabelle gains unique richness from blending additions of aged base wines, stored in barrels and tanks at the winery from prior vintages. These older lots add significant palate richness and aromatic complexity.
The grapes for Mirabelle are principally grown in the cool-climate pockets of California’s North Coast, including the NapaCarneros, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Marin County. The fruit is hand-picked in the early morning hours at optimal maturity. Individual lot fermentations allow the winemakers to carefully select the components that make up the finished blend. After bottle fermentation and about two years of aging en tirage, subsequent trials determine the ideal dosage to finish this brut style.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 46% Napa, 43% Sonoma, 7% Mendocino, 4% Marin
- Varietal Composition: 57% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir
- Vintage Composition: 81% 2017, 19% aged reserve lots
- Production (in cases): 6,100 (9-Liter))
- Alcohol: 12.3%
- TA: 8.2 g/l
- p H: 3.27
- RS: 9.0 g/l
“This Mirabelle Brut has generous fruitful aromas of orange cream, peach, melon, apricot and poached pear, followed by nuances of cinnamon apple and lemon-lime. In the mouth, there are flavors of fresh peach, baked apple, vanilla and ginger. The palate is crisp on entry with a tangy finish.” —Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
- Serving Suggestions: Mirabelle Brut works well as a dry apéritif and is also well-suited as an accompaniment to a broad range of foods, including oysters on the half shell, sushi, baked halibut, cheeses and cream-based pasta dishes
Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut, California – Non Vintage – Beverage Dynamics – 91 Points
A sparkling wine with great body. Just a touch of biscuit notes on the body, almost a touch of a savory quality, solid acidity. Can be enjoyed with or without food. Traditional method.
Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut, North Coast – NV – Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Alluring and nuanced, with expressive pear, brioche, and caramelized hazelnut flavors that finish on a rich, polished note. Drink now. 6,250 cases made.
Mirabelle Brut, North Coast – NV – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
This elegant and plush wine is compelling from the first whiff of brioche through creamy, baking-spice flavors to a lingering delicate finish. A luxurious mouthfeel, good balance between crispness and ripeness and a profusion of flavor make it rival the quality of the parent brand, Schramsberg.
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut California – NV – Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wines – 89 Points
More concerned with polish and precision rather than dramatic richness, the latest edition of Mirabelle Brut is an articulate look at the Méthode Champenoise that combines nicely defined, slightly toasty yeast with a touch of mildly lemony fruit and sports a fine and insistent stream of tiny bubbles. It is in all ways a professional, very well-well-crafted effort and it de