November 9, 2019 - Drank with Denise Labarrere.
October 2, 2017 - Wow. Ten years old, but just a touch honeyed. Still bright, lively and complex - with hints of toast, lemon, mineral, meringue and melon. Sweeter than we expected a Brut to be, but the sweetness only rounds out the edges and is more than balanced by a backbone of bright acidity. Love this.
March 9, 2017 - Lovely and nicely developed. Still a solid acid backbone and overall a great bottle. Toast and biscuit flavors with a touch of nuts and green apples.
Perhaps lacks some length but a great wine and the BdB is worth cellaring.
May 4, 2015 - Chardonnay sourced from multiple locations: Napa (59%), Sonoma (31%), Mendocino (7%) and Marin (3%). Aged for 30 months on the lees. Dosage 11,5 g/l.
Youthful and intense lime-green color. Ripe, rich and toasty nose with complex aromas of sweet baked apple, sliced Granny Smith apple, bready autolysis, some freshly-baked brioche, a little bit of lemon curd and a hint of nuttiness. The wine is dry, mineral and already somewhat developed with nuanced flavors of ripe golden apples, steely minerality, some juicy sweet citrus tones, a little bit of mature nutty complexity, a hint of toasty autolysis and a touch of creaminess. The high acidity and firm, crisp mousse make the wine feel structured, refreshing and well-balanced. The finish is long, crisp and complex with toasty flavors of steely minerality, baked apple, some autolytic toasted bread, a little bit of developed caramel, a hint of chopped nuts and a touch of tangy lemony citrus fruit.
A very bright, sophisticated and complex Blanc de Blancs that shows how great a winery Schramsberg is: this is not only a great sparkling wine on its own, but also one that would fool even a Champagne enthusiast into believing this is a BdB from Champagne! Very serious stuff with a lot of depth, great structure and wonderful harmony. Starting to get into its sweet spot in the tasting window, but I have no doubts this wine will continue to develop for another 8-10 years. A beautiful bubbly, very highly recommended.
April 11, 2014 - For my tastes this almost always needs a couple of years to settle, nose s still quite primary with ripe apple, lemon zest and biscuit, palate though still has good intensity but in a more refined way with nice a cidity and a nice finish
January 31, 2014 - Always an enjoyable pour. Mellow style with good balance. Not much depth in the palate, but some sweet floral notes were interesting and complemented the apricot and lychee quite well.
December 25, 2013 - Good way to start off an evening. Crisp floral notes, apple, pear, star fruit palate. Not overly complex and lacks depth in the finish, but a solid bubbly at a fair price.
December 20, 2013 - 10kt golden color, active bead, and medium mousse. Ripe, yeasty, biscuity bouquet of toast, nuts, and a touch of moldy stank. There's a bit of oxidation in the mouth, but this is offset by bright, minerally flavors of lemon citrus, green apples, quince, and a lick of salt on the back end.
May 27, 2013 - Bread, apple, stone. Finish a little short. Very nice, but not nearly as good as the Herbert.
March 30, 2013 - Same as the Oct tasting....maybe a little less minerals.