Celebrate the New Year with the latest vintage of J. Schram.
By Jan Walsh
On a recent trip to Napa Valley, I lunched and tasted through the latest vintages of Schramsberg and J. Davies with Schramsberg Vineyard’s vintner Hugh Davies. The 2010 Harvest was just beginning. And Davies’ boyish excitement over a new vintage never wanes.
Davies’ top tier sparkling wine is J. Schram. Dedicated to Schramsberg’s founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, J. Schram is a world-class sparkling wine that was first released in 1992. More than 95 vineyard blocks in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts are carefully nurtured throughout the growing season. Cluster samples are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess. The wine is then aged on the yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves for six years, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.
J. Schram 2003 ($100) will make for a memorable New Year’s Eve. This bubbly offers notes of vanilla, pear and orange marmalade, lemon, lime, green apple, sourdough, toasted nuts, and pineapple. The delicate and delightful effervescence of J. Schram 2003 will make your New Year bright.
Published, B-Metro magazine, January 2011