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Brand's Heritage

Schramsberg’s history dates back to the 19th century, when German immigrant, Jacob Schram purchased property on the eastern side of Diamond Mountain. This marked the beginning of Schramsberg Vineyards – the second bonded winery in Napa Valley. Together with wife Annie Weaver, the couple cleared the property and began planting European grape varietals to produce wine.  From this humble beginning, the business continued to grow. By the 1870s, Schram dug cellars into hills on the property and by 1876 Schramsberg was producing 12,000 gallons of wine. Within a few years, Schramsberg had expanded to over 50 acres and was producing 12,000 cases each year, with distributions as far as New York and London. Schramsberg continued to prosper through the end of the 19th century. However, following Jacob’s death in 1905, production gradually decreased until it ceased in 1912. 

Sparkling beyond

Over one hundred years later Jack and Jamie Davies restored the Schramsberg estate in 1965. They set out to produce sparkling wine. Schramsberg has also played a role in world history as The Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai.  Since then,  Schramsberg’s sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration. Through the decades, this spirit of innovation earned Schramsberg and the Davies worldwide praise and recognition.

 
Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut

Mirabelle is Schramsberg’s multi-vintage brut sparkling wine. This young, bright bubbly exhibits the crisp acidity and vibrant green apple/citrus fruit that is characteristic of cool-climate Chardonnay. Pinot Noir adds body, mid-palate and further richness of fruit flavor. Fresh aromas of sweet red apple, pineapple and citrus blossom, are complemented by nuances of warm caramel and fresh sourdough. The palate is crisp and lively, with exotic flavors of guava and papaya, followed by Mandarin orange and Meyer lemon. The wine finishes with a tangy acidity that lingers in the mouth.

 

The Mirabelle Brut works well as a dry aperitif 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.

Awards

San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2003: Silver

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL.      

REGION              

WINEMAKER           

Non-vintage

Sparkling

Sparkling Blend

Complex and Traditional

12.6%

California, USA

Hugh Davies

Schramsberg Blans de Blancs 2014

The 2014 Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of green apple, apricot and orange blossom. The fruitful fragrance intermingles with hints of honey, and lemon zest. Freshly sliced peaches, pear and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate.

 

While this wine can be enjoyed by itself as an apéritif, it is also perfect with fresh oysters and other shellfish, crab cakes, ceviche and grilled sea bass. It is also delicious with lemon chicken and Thai curries. Serve with aged Gouda or other hard cheeses, and as a counterpoint to soft triple creams.

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL

SUGAR CONTENT      

REGION             

WINEMAKER           

2014

Sparkling 

Chardonnay 

Fresh and Youthful 

12.8%

0.95g/100mL

North Coast, California, USA

Hugh Davies 

Schramsberg J. Schram 2007

J. Schram opens with bright aromas of green apple, ripe grapefruit and sweet pineapple followed by exotic nuances of mango, guava, panna cotta and toasted almond. On first sip, tangerine and Kaffir lime are present, which are accentuated by layers of tart pear and Fuji apple. The palate's texture is viscous and savory on entry. A long finish is driven by generous mouthwatering and lingering acidity.

 

This is a blend of 84% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Noir

VINTAGE                 

WINE TYPE               

VARIETAL                

WINE STYLE           

ALCOHOL/VOL.      

REGION             

WINEMAKER           

2007

Sparkling 

Sparkling Blend 

Complex and Traditional 

12.8%

North Coast, California, USA

Hugh Davies 

Accolades

 

Connoisseurs' Guide – 96 points

 "This extraordinarily deep, explicitly champenized offering is a study in contrasts when it is compared to Schramberg’s 2007 Reserve, for, while both are nearing their tenth anniversaries, this one shows its autolysis in a more refined light and wears its age with more elegance. It is rife with crème brûlée richness but has retained a subtle, but very sure sense of slightly juicy fruit that has not faded with time. It is a complete and compelling package that reveals more and more with each sip, and it ranks among the very best sparkling wines to be made anywhere. "

 

Wine Enthusiast – 95 points

 "This gorgeous, full-bodied and compelling wine is made from 84% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Noir. It has a rich golden color, slightly earthy aromas, plus bread dough and white-peach scents that lead to very opulent, sophisticated and nicely aged flavors that range from toasted walnut to honeyed peach to white pepper. While it's already nine years old, this will easily age through 2022. CELLAR SELECTION"

 

Robert Parker (The Wine Advocate) – 94 points 

"Still another stunner is the 2007 J. Schram, which is roughly 84% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir with about 35% barrel-fermentation and the balance in stainless steel. This shows loads of honeyed tropical fruit such as pineapple and mango, a touch of white peach, beautiful body, wonderful pinpoint bubbles that are persistent, and a dry, crisp, long finish. This was disgorged in March 2015, so it spent nearly eight years on its lees. Drink it over the next 5-10 years, if not longer. A tasting some of the older vintages, such as the 2004, 2001, 1999, 1996, proved just how amazingly well these can age. "

 

The Wine Enthusiast - 92 Points

“Dry and well balanced but also full flavored, this will be a great go-to bubbly to have ready in the fridge for any minor or major occasion. There are ripe fruits along with crisp citrus notes, lively acidity, a rich mousse of bubbles and lingering finish.” (November 2017)

 

Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine - 90 Points

“This always reliable bottling shows its youth in aromas that remind of the crisp scent of freshly picked green apples. Complexing aged-yeast notes remain in the background yet do make themselves known, and, in the Schramsberg manner, the wine's bubbles are suitably small and foamy. Just a tad on the quiet side in the mouth but well-made and on point, this is a wine that will always satisfy.” (December 2017)

Accolades