J. Schram Noirs, North Coast
The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Reserve is made up of 84% Pinot Noir and 16% Chardonnay. It has a creamy nose with scents of meringue, ground coffee, oyster shell, poached apples and nuances of bread dough, marmalade and mushroom. The palate is lovely, with a wonderfully balanced blend of freshness and savoriness, energy and silkiness, with soft, very finely beaded mousse and a long, nuanced finish. 1,732 cases produced.
This is an extraordinary wine, both mouth filling in texture and intricate in flavor. A light amber color leads to a profusion of subtle spice and apricot aromas backed by enticing ginger, raspberry and citrus nuances on the palate. The flavors grow richer and deeper with each sip, carried by a very fine bead of effervescence and subtle acidity. Editors' Choice.