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 Vintage1994 Label 1 of 16 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerSchramsberg Vineyards (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationReserve
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationNorth Coast

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2000 and 2008 (based on 2 user opinions)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 9 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Whodeyinsea on 7/12/2014: Green apple on the start. Baked brioche on the finish. A few bubbles left, but not much. Still quite enjoyable. Classic Schramsberg Reserve. (488 views)
 Tasted by flashvictor on 8/10/2013 & rated 93 points: Lively vibrant wine with lots of mature brioche elements. Clearly a good bottle of older sparkling wine. (1029 views)
 Tasted by Bill Lauderdale on 4/19/2013 & rated 85 points: Great color hint of apple a little flat. We enjoyed. (1107 views)
 Tasted by jcurl on 4/11/2013 & rated 90 points: Soft, going a little flat. Drink up. (1235 views)
 Tasted by babnik on 2/14/2011 & rated 88 points: Opened for Valentine's Day: the sparkler served at our wedding. The green apple flavor is now taking a backseat to yeasty baked bread and roasted nuts. Still enjoyable and always special, it's not quite the wine it once was. (1865 views)

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Schramsberg Vineyards

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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

Reserve

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USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

North Coast

The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

 
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