Not a bad sparkler. Bread, citrus, copper. A bit sweet on the finish but not ridiculous. Respectable if not particularly serious. A great crowd pleaser and a nice aperitif. Good w fried foods but maybe not w more substantial fare.
Schramsbergs were the only American "champagnes" we tried at the tasting; sounds narrow-minded perhaps but in general they just don't hold a candle to the real thing. One can make an exception here though. Dulcie in particular impressed. Herbally nose, complex, citrus, tart finish. Wouldn't score it higher than a good NV champagne but not significantly lower either.
Half Bottle NV Champagne Tasting; 1/31/2009-2/1/2009 (Kirstin and Shane's): This stood out as the California imposter right away. The nose was almost herbal, with sweet lemon, a weird foot odor, and even a little saltiness. The palate was full of lemon, very crisp, but with a watery midpalate. Super sour at the end, with a pretty long finish. I don't dig sour too much, but I would drink this. Up against some 'real' champagne contenders, it was my least favorite of the flight, however.
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