- Country: UNITED STATES
- Region: CALIFORNIA
- Color: White
- Producer: SCHRAMSBERG VINEYARDS
- Sub-Region: NORTH COAST
- Vintage: 2005
- Sparkling: Yes
- Composition: CHAMPAGNE BLEND
- Tasting Notes: The wine presents fresh aromas of green apple, ripe grapefruit and pineapple followed by nuances of lemon custard, creme brulee, and toasted hazelnuts. Flavors of candied ginger and lemon curd are accentuated by warm baking spices. The rich and tangy flavors are balanced by creamy, vanilla notes and the finish is long and balanced.
- Technical Notes: (86% Chardonnay/14% Pinot Noir). The 2005 vintage is a blend of more than 90 cool climate vineyard sources - 40% was aged in barrel, some in stainless steel and the remainder allowed to undergo full malolactic. The wine aged in bottle, sur lie in the estate’s caves for six years.
- Rating: The 2005 J. Schram is a blend of 86% Chardonnay and 14% Pinot Noir. Generally these wines are aged six years on their yeast prior to bottling. This wine, which comes from four different northern California counties (most from Napa), exhibits a light straw color along with crisp notes of pear, apple skin and brioche in a medium-bodied, complex yet delicate style with tiny pinpoint bubbles, persistent effervescence and a dry, crisp finish. This beautiful sparkling wine is intense yet delicate. It should drink well for 6-8 years.
- Rating Robert Parker: 94