Schramsberg "Mirabelle" California Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

SKU #1042410 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 It's attractive, but even better is the outstanding NV Mirabelle Brut Rosé, 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay. This shows a light pink color, beautiful delicate notes of strawberries and currants, crisp acids, a fresh, lively zesty style and medium body. Both of these are meant to be drunk upon release and are probably at their best within the first year or two of aging. Schramsberg, founded in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram, fell victim to hard times in 1912 but was resurrected by the Davies Family in 1965. The quality seems to be going from strength to strength and these were the best sparkling wines I've tasted from them. Current owners Hugh and Monique Davies look over 43 acres on Diamond Mountain, and utilize fruit sourced from cool-climate areas ranging from Carneros, farther south in Marin County, to the north in Anderson Valley. (RP)  (12/2015)

Connoisseurs Guide

 Yet again a different direction for a Schramsberg Rosé, this wine comes with a peachy, fruity nose and lighter yeast imposition than its mates, and it is wonderfully easy to drink with its fruit in the lead and complex notes of fresh yeast coming up underneath. It offers a mouthful of mid-sized, creamy textured bubbles, and it follows on with friendly flavors and a clean and balanced finish that steers well wide of the evident tannins of other pink sparkling wines. It is a great party wine.  (11/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 A pink-tinged copper color and a pleasing blend of flavors make this sparkling wine from Schramsberg easy to enjoy. The aromas suggest cherries and cinnamon, the flavor is like tart raspberry and the texture is smooth with fine bubbles.  (12/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Focused and refreshingly dry, with floral raspberry aromas and crisp strawberry and spiced red apple flavors.  (11/2014)

K&L Notes

Schramsberg's Mirabelle is a lively, multi-vintage blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the winery's cool-climate vineyards in the Carneros, the Anderson Valley, Sonoma, and Marin. Its explosive bouquet is redolent of candied watermelon, wild strawberries, and framboise notes. The aromatics lose their candied quality and carry over to the palate, with youthful tart red fruit flavors. There's also a hint of brioche and exotic vanilla flavors to round out this lovely sparkler.

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By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
A beautifully lively, expressive brut rose. This is a combination of cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with 18 months of bottle aging to give it more depth and richness. This would pair well with a huge variety of foods. Fresh strawberries and raspberries on the nose and palate, a great long and elegant finish makes this wine the perfect celebratory bottle...for whatever you're celebrating!

By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2009 | Send Email
Schramsberg has a special place in my heart as it was the place where I started my career in the wine business. If you haven't visited Schramsberg, I strongly recommend you do - tucked up in the hills just south of Calistoga, it is a historical landmark with some of the oldest caves in the Napa Valley, and it is one of the only places where you can see the traditional (and highly labor-intensive) methode champenoise process of making sparkling wine without going all the way to Champagne. Mirabelle is Schramsberg's non-vintage label. Composed of 64% Chardonnay and 34% Pinot Noir, this June '08 release of the rosé might be the best yet: clean and crisp, it exhibits a nose of fresh strawberries and very very subtle vanilla notes. The palate is vibrant, amplified by a fine mousse and delicate flavors of red berries and sweet-cream that I want to describe as...flirty? Try one and see for yourself.
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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2008 | Send Email
With a high Spectator score, this sparkling wine doesn't really need my help to sell it, but I did really enjoy the style. The wine possesses a strong watermelon and strawberry character with hints of cinnamon. Though not quite as detailed as some higher-end Rosé Champanges this would definitely hold its ground against many of the entry level cuvees for a lot less money!

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