(From 2001 Vintage)
Reserve is Schramsberg’s top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. This richly-flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Six years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for another 20-30 years.
More than 80 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are farmed each year to achieve the best possible fruit. Hand-picking, early-morning harvesting, and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of select Chardonnay are included in the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate.
Distinct barrel and malolactic fermentation lots are layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Extensive tasting is conducted over the winter months, with as many as 200 base wines being taken into consideration. Following bottle fermentation, each bottle is aged in contact with its own yeast in Schramsberg's Diamond Mountain hillside caves for a minimum of five years. The finishing dosage is the result of comprehensive trials to fine-tune balance of flavor and acidity.
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"A gorgeous sparkling wine that shows real Champagne quality in its dryness and creamy, yeasty complexity. Made from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, it flatters the palate with lush flavors of raspberries, oranges, limes, pears, brioche, vanilla and cinnamon honey. Delicious and compelling now, this rich bubbly should develop additional bottle complexity over the next decade. S.H." (12/31/2008)
91 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Shows substance and refinement, with rich aromas of baked pear, fresh ginger and spicy toast. The flavors are rich and full-bodied, with lingering notes of hazelnut, vanilla cream and cinnamon. Drink now through 2012. 1,116 cases made. –TF" (11/30/2008)
The 2005 Reserve has aromas of wild raspberry, Bing cherry and caramelized orange that evolve with toasted hazelnut and crème brulee. The palate is layered with flavors of raspberry, guava, pineapple, cocoa and sweet spice. Crisp on entry, with a slight minerality, the texture is smooth and velvety. The wine has a balanced acidity and long finish that lingers on the palate.