2007 Schramsberg "J Schram" North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
Seamlessly combining the cherry-like fruit and vinosity of Pinot Noir with an absolute wealth of autolyzed yeast and very clear in its grasp of what a serious Rosé should be, the latest J. Schram version is a fascinating wine of extraordinary layering, depth and polish. It is explosively bubbled and its very fine mousse lasts and lasts, and, while showing a bit of finishing grip that indelibly marks it is as a true Rosé, its altogether remarkable sense of refinement puts it in a class all its own.
*Editors' Choice* Elegant and almost ethereal, this wine is tantalizing and irresistible. It shows sophistication, from the mysterious, earthy bouquet to the complex, well-aged brioche and peach flavors, as well as the almost gentle texture and refined finish. While full bodied, the wine has great balance, as all the tasty components join together to weave their magic. (JG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another effort, and one that I intend to purchase and serve to guests, is the 2007 J. Schram Rosé, which has a North Coast appellation and is 51% barrel-fermented (1,200 cases). The wine is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. This is a killer sparking rosé, and really the best sparkling wine I've ever tasted from California or the New World. Rich, full-bodied, with notes of strawberry, kirsch, cherries and rose petals. The wine has terrific intensity, wonderful freshness, a full-bodied, gorgeously proportioned mouthfeel and a long, long finish. (RP)
Expressive and refined, this balances complexity with bold richness. Aromas of strawberry, roasted almond and yeasty brioche open to long and layered flavors of blood orange, shortbread and fresh ginger. (TF)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A relatively shy nose is comprised mostly of red cherry, citrus, strawberry and discreet yeast nuances. There is good verve to the utterly delicious flavors that are supported by a firm but not aggressive mousse as well as solid depth on the clean, dry and refreshing finish. This is really quite good and for my taste drinking perfectly now though it will certainly hold with no difficulty.