California Wine Fair - Toronto, ON (Fairmont Royal York): Relatively light nose of green apple skin, honeydew melon, ginger and stone. Palate is fairly rich and round with honey and slightly elevated dosage; 10+ g/l (checked later and it is 12g/l). Medium length finish. Good traditional sparkler on the young side. This lands for $50/bottle in Ontario so your money may be better spent on Champagne.
Excellent American sparkling wine - consistent in its high quality and effervescent jubilation; some of us sipped it on its own and were very happy to do so; some had it as a mimosa...it always comes through.
Smooth flavors with apple, pear and moderate acidity. Tried many of their different sparklers at their vineyard and impressive wine cellars in Calistoga, and this is one of my favorites, even though it is one of their less expensive options.
Not the best showing. I usually find this to be a very consistent workhorse sparkler, but this particular bottle had strong chalky notes and a leesy aspect that really overpowered the fruit. Still a great bargain at $28, but I think this was just an off bottle.
I had the last glass or so the next day and it rounded out nicely and was much improved. The overwhelming sourdough like lees almost totally subsided and more ginger-like notes emerged. Today's version would merit a few extra points.
Very pleased with this blanc de blancs. Pale straw colour, required about 45 minutes of air to start opening up. Elegant and satisfying, yet relatively light with a delightful toastiness throughout. This comes across as crisp with the lively acidity, albeit lacking in minerality and depth. In 3 years this will round out to something rather special. Well balanced. Very quickly, I picked up belgian waffles with boysenberry compote. Interesting!
Had at our Christmas party. Always love these wines. 1.5 was a big hit. Gone quickly. Smoother than I would expect for this young of a wine. Maybe the bigger format helped. Yeasty nose but subtle. Citrus palate. Can't go wrong with this vineyard except for the 2005 J Schram. My wife and I both don't like that vintage.
Simple. Straight-forward. I've enjoyed better vintages of Schramsberg with more pleasant fruit notes and well-integrated acidity. Opened five bottles at the same time, and every one of them had very linear characteristics.
Straw yellow with medium to small never ending streams. Beautiful mouse but disappeared quickly. Nose was butter, brioche, green apple, slate and candied lemon peel. Medium body that was very lively. Pallet was oyster shell, lime zest, distant yellow fruits and candied lemon. Medium plus finish.
Schramsberg strikes again. Buy a case and enjoy. This one is a keeper!
Enjoyed at the winery and subsequently from magnum with family. Very light, white gold color, consistent with being 100% Chardonnay. Great mousse with very tiny bubbles. Still young but ready to drink. Aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla, lemon meringue, juicy pear, and some creamy apple. Very good at $32 or less
Bright, golden straw, small bead, and medium foam. Oyster shell, yeast, green apples, quince, bread, and a touch of honey on the nose. The youthful palate exhibits great tension: it's crisp, lively, and airy, yet creamy, biscuity, and tactile, with candied, Granny Smith apple, lime citrus, green apricot, and nectarine flavors. A lime pith backnote complements the slaty, shale-inflected finish. This is frisky, lip-smacking, and delicious. Schramsberg is on top of its game.
This is an older Pinot that was peaking. Took about 30 minutes to open and then provided a musty, mushroom, and currant flavors. This wine is probably a little past it's peak so this was the right time to drink it. The wine looks Ruby colored. It smells like Mushroom, and Red Currant.
Schramsberg Tasting (Calistoga, CA): Notes of green apple and lemon. Fine mousse. Quite pleasant and entrancing -- you can tell that this has more to say. I needed more time for the tasting, and this would need more time in your cellar.