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White - Sparkling
12/28/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
93 points
52%/48% Chard/PN, no information on disgorgement or dosage unfortunately. Drank over three days. On the nose, baked apple and citrus. In the mouth, these flavors expanded to include tropical flavors. On day one, there was still hints of green apple in the background, but those faded by day two. On day two, the tropical flavors, notably pineapple, mango and ginger became much more present and a good partner with the baked apple. Easily one of the most vinous of the Schramsberg sparklers, and probably one of their best single vineyard offerings. Usually, I find green apple dominating the single vineyard bottlings, but in this bottle it was in the background, and only for a day; I suspect (but cannot confirm) this is from additional time in the cellar that I haven't always given other bottles. I wish I had more bottles to see how this develops over time, because it was a very nice experience.
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Rosé - Sparkling
12/25/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank over three days with only moderate change over that time. Poured a beautiful pinkish copper hue. Strawberries, pastry and the slightest hint of apples up front, followed by a wonderful yeastiness and toasted nuts. Leesy and delicious, as is typical for the J Schram rose. This is still quite young and will evolve and develop nicely over the coming years, 92 now with plenty of upside.

59%/41% Chard/Pinot Noir. Bottled in March 2013, disgorged in May 2020 with 8.3g/L dosage. 12.8% ABV, 40% barrel fermented, 3.10pH.
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Red
12/24/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
Drank with Christmas Eve dinner of prime rib, so was not paying too close of attention. But, tannins are smooth and well integrated. Red fruits throughout and still quite primary. Pulled this bottle to see how it was going and so far so good. Will sit on others for several more years so those secondary and tertiary aromas flavors have time to develop. But, this is drinking quite well now and paired quite well with the beef (not surprisingly). Overall, this is quite well made and not a bombastic, over the top, over-extracted Napa wine; it is much more old world in style, particularly compared to the base Heitz offering.
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White - Sparkling
Very youthful and bright. The typical Schramsberg tartness was relatively muted. Green apple and citrus, and still quite primary. Looking forward to the next bottle in a few years.
Red
2012 Château Beauregard Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
Random grab from the cellar, drank over several days. 70% merlot, 30% cab franc. No notes taken, but based on my memory, not at all out of line with others' notes. An end of bin deal for $22 makes this a great QPR.
Red
Drank with friends and didn't take notes. Though it paired well with pork tenderloin and berry cobbler. Looking forward to spending more time with future bottles, because I really liked what I had.
White - Sparkling
9/17/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
89 points
Impulse bought this on an end of bin deal at my local retailer a few months back. I believe it was a 2018 base and 2021 disgorgement, with 9.5g/L dosage. All very primary and not particularly exciting. Red apple with a little bit of toast and some citrus on the backend. Acidity is muted, so much so that I would like to see this with a bit lower dosage. Drank over three days without much change. So while not overly complex or exciting, at the $20 I paid for it, a solid QPR.
White - Sparkling
Drank over 4 days and was just as strong at the end of the bottle as the beginning. My notes are very similar to Todd's note below, right down to how I learned of the producer. In the mid palate, there was a wonderful, unexpected richness. Then the finish brought in wonderful minerality. At 3 g/L dosage, this feels right to really let all of these notes shine. This may be a new house favorite for me since it was such a unique experience. It will be difficult to keep my hands off the remaining bottles.
Red
2018 Caduceus Cellars Anubis Yavapai County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/2/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
What a surprise! I was expecting this to be another celebrity's sad attempt at making drinkable wine and was extremely surprised to find out it is much greater than that. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Durif, 10% Aglianico, 13.5% abv. The marketing copy says this is a wine meant for beef, and they were right on. Make no mistake, this is a new world wine, but it is far from the bombastic, over the top fruit bombs from Napa. Dark berries persist, but pyranzines provide a nice foil to the rich fruit, balanced by a fair amount of acidity I have not typically seen in new world steak wines. Moderate length on the finish. Good structure, holding up well over five days without being the worse for wear. Based on this experience I'll buy more; I'm curious how this will age. At $50, a bit pricey to be a cellar defender, but it does reflect a better QPR than similarly priced wines from Napa.
White - Sparkling
8/28/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
93 points
April 2021 disgorgement. 6 years on the lees, 8 g/L dosage, 61% pinot, 39% chard. Yeasty/leesy on the nose, but that blew off pretty quickly. The oxidative Bollinger core is there, with toasted nuts, bruised red apples, apricots and nice acidity. The slow ox on the second glass helped tame the beast a little. But like MJP says, it is just way too early. I'll try hard to hold off on the rest of the case for at least two years.
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Rosé - Sparkling
8/3/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
Did not take notes whatsoever, but tasted great. Typical of a J Schram Rose, with some nice oxidative notes, a touch of R/S and plenty of brioche.
White - Sparkling
7/29/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
Much more advanced and oxidized that my prior note from April 2020. Color much darker, very similar to a deep fino sherry. Rich autolytic notes, toasted almonds and bruised red apple. A little too oxidized for my tastes, unfortunately. Not sure if it was cellared poorly (55° and 60% humidity after receiving from the winery in early 2020, so doubtful), bottle variation or just characteristic of the wine with age.
White - Sparkling
6/10/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Disgorged 3/21. Drank over two days with some improvement on day two. Not a lot of depth, but it possesses some richness with orange marmalade. At th is officer point, there can never be any complaints, fantastic QPR.
White - Sparkling
5/22/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
91 points
From a .375L bottle, without any info on disgorgement or base vintage. 45% chard, 35% PN, 20% PM, with reserve wines making up 45% of the blend, 9g/L of dosage. Bought this on a lark knowing nothing of the producer. Jeb Dunnuck calls this a baby Krug. I'm not ready to go there, it tastes more like Veuve and Bollinger had a kid. It poured a pale straw color with a nice amount of bubbles. Brioche and apples on the nose, mildly oxidative. Rich and powerful on the palate with some mild autolytic notes, fantastic, creamy texture. For my tastes, it is as close to as perfect a texture as possible. Paired very well with shrimp and grits for breakfast. With prices of champagne skyrocketing, I need to recalibrate my QPR meter, but at $23 for a half bottle and ~$40 for a bottle, this seems like a nice NV champagne to keep on hand.
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White - Sparkling
5/15/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
Poured a beautiful golden color, almost honey. Aromas of baked red apple and marzipan leapt out of the glass while pouring. Tart and acidic right out of the gate, but it quickly calmed down giving way to apples and toasted almonds. A little primary at this stage, so will let it sit for 4-5 years before I try the next bottle. A good effort for Schramsberg, right down the fairway, albeit nothing spectacular at this point. However, in the current world where prices on actual champagne are shooting through the roof, this is an excellent substitute and QPR vis a vis its French counterparts.
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White - Sparkling
5/8/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
80% Pinot/20% Chardonnay, 4.5 g/L dosage, disgorged August 2018. Poured a rich, golden color into our Glasvin champagne stems. Right out of the gate, the nose gives bruised red apple, pear and some brioche; very hard to tell it is an extra brut (for me at least). On the palate, tastes match the nose plus a little ginger, toasted almonds and other autolytic notes. It is here where the extra brut shows itself. The mousse is rich, but not creamy with the acid clearing things up resulting in lingering red apple, peach, ginger and almond notes. Oxidative, and the extra time on the lees is quite suitable for my tastes. We thoroughly enjoyed this wine with caviar, creme fraiche and popovers because of the acidity; I don't think a brut version of this wine would have worked as well.
White
4/3/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
PnP right out of the cellar. Beautiful right out of the gate. I blew out my palate on some spicy food about 10 minutes after opening, so not much of tasting notes, unfortunately. Citrus and melon notes all day, with just a touch of flinty minerality. Sharp acidity but is in balance with the rest of the wine. I'm looking forward to the next few bottles when I don't foolishly blow out my tastebuds.
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Rosé - Sparkling
4/3/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
Pulled from the cellar for a party, didn't take detailed (any) notes. A decent rose with a nice QPR. Wish I had paid more attention and didn't drink from a solo cup.
Red
2019 Château La Fleur Perruchon Lussac-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/17/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
88 points
Ready to go out of the gate, does not need any decanting. Mostly merlot with a little CS and CF. Low tannins and moderate acidity. Mostly red fruit with the faintest hint of bell pepper. Not built for the long haul, although a decent weeknight wine with a good QPR.
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Red
2014 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/6/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Consistent with prior notes
Red
2/24/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
From a bottle I had initially coravined about two months ago. Just as fresh as the day I first used the coravin, so score one point for the coravin. PnP at cellar temperature. This is a wine that, despite its judicious use oak, doesn't need any serious decanting, so it's good to go out of the gate. Blackberries and dark fruit are abundant, with good integration of the oak, and the 15.5% ABV is not immediately evident. Medium acidity, medium plus tannins. 70% Monastrell, 30% Cab Sauv. Is it a fruit bomb? Yes. Is it a jolly rancher like Caymus or Silver Oak? Fortunately, absolutely not. A great pairing for grilled rack of lamb or skirt steak with chimichurri. Always a crowd pleaser and house favorite, though not overly complex. This is a very nice new world styled wine, despite being from Spain. If you like Napa cabs, you'll like this wine.
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White - Sparkling
2/10/2022 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
91 points
Based on the 2015/2016 vintages. Four years on the lees and 6 g/l dosage. A great BdB from grand cru villages. Drank half on Thursday evening, closed off with a stopper and had the remaining half with Saturday brunch. The acidity is nice but not overpowering at all. Baked apple, citrus and brioche dominate. Very light and refreshing, nice mineraility. Not surprisingly, paired very well with fried chicken. Better on day 2 (or 3?) than on opening. This would be a great aperitif. Schramsberg has been our house BdB, but this may replace it. At $47 (thanks inflation!), the QPR is not as strong (was <$40), but I'll need to reset expectations once everything has been repriced.
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Red
2019 Venge Vineyards Arsenal BDX Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
Drank over three days. Three-hour slow ox on day 1 had this in a pretty good place. Tannins were still strong, but nearly as grippy as when first opened. Right off the bat, the green notes of cab franc and merlot fruit were noticeable. Nice balance of fruit, tannins and acidity over the three days. After 50 hours opened (vacu-vin overnight), the fruit was still going strong, but not overpowering at all. Not a lot of secondary notes, but not surprising for a two year old wine. Not as savory as a true bordeaux, but I don't think it is trying to be that any way. Drinking well now, but will drink much better with a few years of bottle age. I'll probably open the next bottle in two or three years to check in.
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Red
1/14/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
Drank over three days. Very nice with food, particularly red meat. But by itself a bit too sweet and jammy for my tastes. If I ordered this wine in a steakhouse, I would be pleased. If I bought this wine just to sip, I would have been disappointed.
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Red
1/3/2022 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Largely consistent with the other notes. Improved from day 1 to day 2. Not overly complex, but a great QPR for a weeknight wine.
Red
12/25/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
Didn't take detailed notes PNP in the late afternoon after many other bottles were opened. Lots of sediment, but was great otherwise.
Red
2014 Viader Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/24/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
Christmas eve dinner. Opened and decanted 4-5 hours before dinner. Incredibly tight upon opening, but had softened by the time dinner started. Didn't take detailed notes, but really enjoyed what I had. Given the long decant time, recommend holding 3-5 years before even considering opening, and even then will require a long decant. Fortunately, these wines from Viader are built for the ages and won't fall apart from extended cellaring. This wine is just a baby and it shows.
White - Sparkling
12/25/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
93 points
From magnum. The cork was dried out and broke on me, forcing me to use a corkscrew to get it out! The wine showed no ill effects though. Great acidity, toasted almonds and wonderful yeasty notes. Since it was from a magnum, I think I popped it a few years early as it was not as good as the last bottle I had. Wish I ad more, I always love the late disgorged offerings from Schramsberg.
Red
12/24/2021 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
94 points
Christmas Eve dinner, with prime rib. Opened and decanted for about 2 hours before dinner and it was absolutely perfect. The cork bork on me and lots of sediment, but that is the only flaw. Probably one of the best wines I've ever had. Hard to tell it is from Napa, very old world in style. Saveory, without any jammy or vanilla notes whatsoever. Graphite, cedar, tobacco and dark chocolate on the nose. I only had a glass and a half, and I'm kind of wishing I hoarded the entire bottle for myself.
White
12/18/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Agreed with OAKVILLE72's note. A nice entry level burg at a good price.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/25/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
Opened for guests and only had a little, but so far so good.
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Red
11/20/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
Opened for some guests, only had a taste. Though, the taste was in line with my last tasting note.
White - Sparkling
11/20/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
Didn't take detailed notes. The oven broke just as I was pouring this, so I was more focused on that. But I remember thinking it was good when I came back to my glass a while later.
Red
11/6/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
If a fruit roll up and vanilla extract had a love child... Just give me some structure or acid to balance the fruit, please! Like the other comments before me, I long for the days when Caymus was more than this.
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White - Sparkling
11/2/2021 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank over two days, with not a lot of change from day one to day two.
I generally agree with Gabird's notes. Nice acidity and green apple, with some faint citrus notes. Not a lot of depth or secondary notes, but a nice sparkler in any event. With some additional bottle age, this should continue to develop into another fine Schramsberg. Definitely one of the better single vineyard offerings from Schramsberg.
Red
9/23/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
Followed over two days. Perhaps a flawed bottle. Not a lot of depth or balance it seemed. Some fruit up front, and a little bell pepper, but that's about it. It tasted more like grape juice than a nice Zin that I know to be good.
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Red
9/5/2021 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
91 points
Drank over two days. Two hour decant on day one and was still quite youthful. Tannins nicely integrated and not overpowering. Dark fruits, notable blueberry and maybe plums but that's about it. Not a very long finish or overly complex. Perhaps a bit closed off now and in its dumb phase? Will sit on the last bottle for a few more years.
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Red
2014 Blackbird Vineyards Arise Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
8/20/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Consistent with prior note in 2018
White - Sparkling
8/7/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
Didn't take any notes, but this was as good of a Schramsberg offering as I've had. Really in a great place right now.
Red
2009 Croix de Beaucaillou St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2021 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
92 points
Purchased at retail in June 2021. Drank over two days. Opened at 1:30, poured into a decanter, immediately poured right back into the bottle and then recorked so we could bring it to a friend's. Upon arriving at our friend's, we poured it into a decanter at around 3:30, where it sat (minus two tasting glasses) until 6:30 or so. At first nose and taste, a nearly impenetrable wall of tannins. With lots of coaxing in the glass plus time, the tannins started to give way to the fruit. Wonderful savory notes of cedar, leather, graphite and perhaps walnut came through before giving way to blackberries and dark chocolate on the finish. We drank this alongside the 2006 Malescot, pairing with grilled steaks. In our unscientific tests, the Malescot was better with the food, but the Croix de Beaucaillou was still quite nice. At around 8:30, about two glasses were poured from the decanter back into the bottle where it was recorked and then vacuvin-ed (if that's a word?) around 10:30. The last two glasses the following day were completely devoid of the wall of tannins and only the savory and fruit notes remained. The texture was silky smooth, though the finish was not as pronounced as the prior evening, (ave for the dark chocolate which was much more noticeable. Overall a very nice wine that is at or approaching its peak, though be prepared for a long decant time.
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Red
6/20/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
From a half bottle. Opened and decanted for about an hour. Definitely needed more time to open. I drank it so fast, I didn't even take any notes, so still quite phenomenal despite the minimal air. If I had a regular bottle, I would definitely hold off another 5+ years before trying it.
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Red
2015 Saxum G2 Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
4/4/2021 - qtsam11 Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted for about 3 hours and it opened up beautifully. Paired it with a slab of St Louis cut BBQ ribs. The bright fruit and barrel notes worked wonders with the ribs.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
92 points
Great COVID new years eve. Don't remember much, other than it was a great pairing with takes out Japanese and sushi. In any event, this is a great bottle of bubbles, I'm glad we have a few more.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/2/2021 - qtsam11 wrote:
96 points
Loved this four years ago, love it even more now. A perfect pink/copper color, poured with a creamy mousse. Wonderfully yeasty and nutty on the nose. Honey crisp apples, meyer lemon and strawberries compliment the nutty, fresh baked bread flavors. As good of a bottle of bubbly that I've ever had.
White
12/12/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
93 points
Our experience with aged Savennières is maybe 2-3 bottles - we typically drink recent vintages - so my frame of reference is non-existent. We opened a 2016 of the regular Baumard, for uh, science. The cork came out beautifully, never would have guessed it was 20 years old. Poured a deep golden color, like a sauternes or a 10-year old scotch. The nose is rich in character, highlighted with apples and honey. The mouth is amazing. Slightly oxidative, baked apples and pears, apricots, nectarines and honey. Acidity is perfect, and the finish lasts for what seems like an eternity. Aged Savennières is definitely polarizing, with the Mrs. thinking it is way past. I think this is a fantastic wine and am happy I don't have to share! Compared to the 2016, it's hard to tell these are the same grape. I feel like this would pair really well with smoked trout, popcorn or french fries.
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White - Sparkling
12/6/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
Drank over two days, with a sparkling wine stopper used overnight. Day one was stewed apples and toasted almonds. Bubbles were tight and not overpowering. Day two showed some improvement on the day one notes with the addition of an oxidative quality that really enhanced everything. Still some bubbles, but much more fleeting than on day one.
Red
11/26/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
95 points
I know less about pinot than George Costanza knows about women, but I'll be damned if this isn't an exceptional wine. Poured a beautiful garnet color. Forest floor and raspberries on the nose. Same on the month, with balanced tannins and moderate acidity. I can't articulate any other flavors other than "this tates good." A long, 30-second finish leaves me with no response other than, "more please, this is an amazing wine!" Having no reference point for other pinots, all I can say is drink up, this is a fantastic wine.
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White - Sparkling
11/9/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
The bubbles have faded a bit to a now perfect carbonation level. Pours a golden straw color; if it weren't for the bubbles, it would look like a viogner. Compared to prior tastings, the acidity and green apple are much more balanced, with the nutty flavors becoming a bit more prominent. This particular bottle had the slightest bit of oxidation, which made it much better overall. Drank over two days (stored overnight with a champagne stopper) with no impact to the carbonation and oxidation.
Red
11/1/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
90 points
Birth year wine. Still quite drinkable, but the age is showing. The cork broke when opening, so I was expecting the worst. But, lots of good barnyard funk on the nose, very earthy on the palate, and a little acidity at the end. Tastes great with some Halloween candy I stole from my niece.
White - Sparkling
10/25/2020 - qtsam11 wrote:
91 points
The extra years certainly enhanced this, with extra bread-y and yeast flavors not typically found in the standard Schramsberg BdB. That said, the signature green apple notes remained front and center. I was hoping for a little more from this one, it seemed more like a single vineyard blanc de blancs than a late disgorged. Will give it another year or so before I open the next bottle.
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