2013 Schramsberg North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

SKU #1263767 92 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and expressive, with floral strawberry and spicy vanilla aromas and delicately layered flavors of apple and lemon zest, accented by hints of ginger and spice. (TF)  (12/2016)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Two Stars* Its youth deals this wine a lively hand, but underneath those first whiffs of strawberry-like fruit, there is complexity in the form of slightly toasty, slightly vanillin yeastiness with a distinct roasted cream edge. Strong and insistent in its mousse with smaller bubbles than its age would suggest, the wine is firm, a bit tight and yet polished all at the same time. Its deep, very likeable, infused fruit character and its yeasty richness hold on at the end and make a convincing case that bottle age has a place here.  (11/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This lively and flavorful wine has a light copper color, lean and fresh cherry and plum flavors, a rich mousse of bubbles and clean, tangy finish. It's a great example of a rosé that doesn't overdo it. (JG)  (11/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 This shows a hint of flinty reduction at first, but that quickly blows off, revealing a soft, delicate sparkling wine with a rosy strawberry flavor—perfect for aperitifs.  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Founded in 1862, Schramsberg is one of the oldest wineries in California. The winery was revived by the Davis family in the 1960s, and Schramsberg sparkling wines are still aged in founder Jacob Schram's hand-chiseled and black, diaphanous lichen-lined caves in the hills above Calistoga, and are riddled by hand. These are incredible wines, on par with French Champagne, and a value by comparison.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 13