2008 Extra Brut (1 x 750 ml)

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The "Extra Brut" is produced for the growing number of sparkling enthusiasts who on occasion enjoy a very, very dry sparkling wine. These sparkling wines are finished with a dosage of between 0.3 - 0.6 g/100ml of residual sugar, about half that of the omnipresent "Brut" offerings. A progression towards a drier "Brut" has occurred in the sparkling wine world in the past two decades as producers have been able to develop brighter intensity of fruit flavor in the grapes that they grow. This transition has absolutely happened at Schramsberg, where cooler climate vineyards have produced grapes with not only higher acidity, but also riper Pinot Noir and Chardonnay characteristics.

It is ready to enjoy upon release, but will surely age beautifully for another two decades or more to come. Th is opulent and racy style will match extraordinarily well on the raw side with caviar and ceviche, but will also pair perfectly on the cooked side with smoked oysters, mushroom tarts, and veal picatta. A simple antipasto sampling with prosciutto, sopresatta, gouda, pecorino, artichoke heart, and cured olives will also shine alongside.

Tasting notes

The 2008 Extra Brut has generous fruitful aromas of granny smith apple, under ripe pineapple and honeydew, which develop with hints of custard and praline. The palate is complex, with flavors of dried apricot, fresh citrus and hints of almond meringue. Crisp on entry, the wine lingers with a persistent yet balanced acidity.- Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies


94 Points- Editors' Choice
A bright golden color and generous, intricate aromas make this dry wine tempting even before sipping. Schramsberg says it has the least residual sugar of any wine they’ve made in 50 years. It offers light citrus, ginger and honey aromas, then a soft mouthfilling mousse and tangy lemon-lime flavors. Concentrated but steely and nicely bone-dry in texture, the wine will be fantastic with caviar.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2016)
91 Points
The 2008 Extra Brut, from North Coast, is 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay that was 41% barrel-fermented. This wine spent six years on its lees, and shows a creamier, lusher side, with honeysuckle, brioche, Wheat Thins and rich apple butter and pear marmalade notes. Just a beauty.- Wine Advocate (December 2015)