94 points Connoisseurs' Guide: "[$130 list] J. Schram sparklers are always deep, extraordinarily rich and complex wines, and this one is no exception. It begins with voluminous, fully autolyzed aromas that feature an abundance of creamy yeast set well ahead of a lesser bit of residual fruit, and its layered, very involving flavors follow suit in their emphasis on intense toastiness. To be sure, there is still a whisper of fruit present, but aged complexity is what stands the most here in a way that begs comparison with the wine's most accomplished cousins from Champagne. It is, in all ways, a seriously good bubbly that invites slow and contemplative sipping on special occasions and is sure to make more mundane times something to celebrate. (Dec 2021)"
94 points Tim Fish (Wine Spectator): "Full-bodied and appealingly decadent, this bubbly is a bounty of rich lemon tart, fresh ginger and hazelnut brioche flavors, yet never loses track of the lively core of acidity. Drink now through 2025. 2,293 cases made. (6/15/2022)"
Producer notes: "86% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Noir. 43% Napa, 41% Sonoma, 13% Marin, 3% Mendocino. 38% barrel fermentation. The 2012 Schramsberg J. Schram opens with aromas of caramelized pineapple, dried orange peel, ginger, and toffee, enhanced by notes of lemon curd, honey and brioche. The elegant and lingering palate delivers elements of baked apple, orange and pineapple upside down cake, layered with flavors of white peach and graham cracker on the finish. Alcohol 12.4%."
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||86% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Noir|