Reserve, North Coast – 2011
“Reserve” is Schramsberg’s top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing 2% of our annual production, this richly-flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. We release this finished sparkling wine nearly 9 years after the fruit is harvested, yet this fruitful and dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for decades to come.
Though primarily Pinot Noir, small amounts of select Chardonnay lots are added to the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermented lots are also layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Each bottle is aged in contact with its yeast in our historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for approximately eight years, affording the development of seasoned, roasted and caramelized richness. The yeast is then removed and a finishing dosage, determined through extensive and comprehensive trials, is added to fine-tune the wine’s balance of flavor and structure.
Schramsberg Reserve is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roasted duck with mango, cedarplank grilled salmon and curried chicken salad. This flavorful sparkling wine can also be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack or Irish Coolea.
- Vineyards: Sonoma: Nobles, Saltonstall; Mendocino County: Juster; Napa: Richburg; Marin County: Skywalker
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 55% Sonoma, 22% Napa, 14% Mendocino, 9% Marin
The 2011 North Coast wine grape harvest was as late a harvest as we’ve had. Crop levels were also lighter than normal with ripeness developing at lower sugar levels, giving winemakers the opportunity to make flavorful, elegant wines. A wet winter and spring delayed bloom and hindered fruit set, which decreased the overall crop load. A generally cool summer prolonged the growing season and harvest started very late in most areas. Wines of this vintage are quite noteworthy for their vibrant, fruitful acidity, promising exceptional aging potential in the cellar.
- Harvest Date(s): August 29 - November 3, 2011
- Barrel Fermentation: 44%
- Aging: 7.8-8.1 years
- Bottled: April 17, 2012
- Disgorged: February 18 - 26, 2020 and May 8, 2020
- Varietal Composition: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 1,714 (9L)
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 8.6 g/l
- p H: 3.09
- RS: 9.4 g/l
“The 2011 Reserve opens with aromas of baked pear, caramel apple, honey, graham cracker and cinnamon toast that gain complexity with touches of marzipan and dried orange peel. Bright flavors of apricot and peach crumble are supported with a fresh acidity on the palate and finish with toasty nuances of glazed orange, ginger and grilled pineapple.” —Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Schramsberg Vineyards Reserve, North Coast – 2011 – Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points
Complexity and seamlessness are the hallmarks of this elegant, crisp and well-aged wine made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. From aromas of toasted walnut and ginger to tangy white-peach, almond and tamarind flavors, this layered and creamy-textured sparkler builds great interest and ends with a lingering finish.
Schramsberg Vineyards Reserve, North Coast — 2011 – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine – 95 Points
Full-on autolysis steals the stage here with near-nutty tones and toasted bread well ahead of what is now but vestigial fruit. The wine is extremely rich yet is also splendidly balanced, and, while not at all concerned with fruity brightness at this point in its life, it is enlivened by boundless, very fine bubbles. It wears its years with a great deal of grace even if it is beginning to dry just a bit at the edges, and it is a first-rate example of a well-aged cuvée that is certain to satisfy discerning fans of the style.