Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Reserve, North Coast – 2001

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  • Introduction

    • Schramsberg Reserve is the winery’s top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Typically representing about three percent of Schramsberg’s annual production, this richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Six years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for a good 20 years beyond the vintage date.

      More than 80 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are managed each year to achieve the best possible fruit for our sparkling wines. Hand-picking, early-morning harvesting, and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of select Chardonnay are included in the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermentation lots are layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Extensive tasting is conducted over the winter months, with as many as 200 base wines being taken into consideration. Following bottle fermentation, each bottle is aged in contact with its own yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for a minimum of nearly five years. The finishing dosage is the result of comprehensive trials to fine-tune balance of flavor and acidity.

      The Reserve is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal and pork tenderloin, roasted duck with mango, cedarplank grilled salmon and curried chicken salad. This flavorful bubbly also can be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack or Irish Coolea.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Principal Pinot Noir Blocks

      Sonoma-Carneros: Ricci

      Sonoma-Anderson Valley: Corby

      Marin County: Stevens, Stubbs

      Napa-Carneros: Jones

    • County Composition: 33% Napa, 28% Mendocino, 20% Marin, 19% Sonoma
  • Vintage Report

    • In 2001, mild spring weather paved the way for a long growing season. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin mid-August, allowing some of the cool vineyard sources to mature into October. This weather dynamic produced Pinot Noir with ripe red fruit, refined tannins and lively acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 8–October 2
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 46%
    • Aging: 5 years, 3 months sur lie
    • Bottled: April 25, 2002
    • Disgorged: August 6, 2007
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 2,232 (6/750ml)
    • Alcohol: 12.4%
    • TA: 0.97g/100ml
    • p H: 3.10
    • RS: 1.16g/100ml
    • Release Date: November 2007
  • Tasting Notes

    • Spiced aromas of gingerbread and brioche lend density and richness to the varied fruitful notes of dried guava, peach and pear. Flavors of tangerine, mandarin orange and ruby red grapefruit deliver quenching zestiness that melds comfortably with a creamy, caramelized essence that lingers with persistence on the palate. Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer, Winemakers



  • Reserve, North Coast – 2001 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel

    “Rich and complex with toasty vanilla with spice; long, ripe, creamy and quite elegant.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2001 – 94 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “A gorgeous sparkling wine that shows real Champagne quality in its dryness and creamy, yeasty flatters the palate with lush flavors of raspberries, oranges, limes, pears, brioche, vanilla and cinnamon honey.”

  • Reserve, North Coast – 2001 – 91 points – Wine Spectator Online

    “Shows substance and refinement, with rich aromas of baked pear, fresh ginger and spicy toast. The flavors are rich and full-bodied, with lingering notes of hazelnut, vanilla cream and cinnamon.”