2013 Schramsberg North Coast Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine
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)
*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.
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)
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.
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.