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2000 J. Schram Late Disgorged (1 x 750 ml)
With 17 years of contact on the yeast in the bottle in our historic Diamond Mountain caves, this 2000 J. Schram Late Disgorged has developed exquisite richness, depth and complexity. Extensive aging en tirage enables savory, nutty and seasoned attributes to evolve with fruitful caramelization, density and creaminess on the palate.
More than 120 cool-climate vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley, and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are farmed each year to achieve the best possible fruit for our sparkling wines. Hand-picking, early-morning harvesting, and light pressing of the grapes are critical for maintaining juice quality. A small amount of select Pinot Noir is included in the primarily Chardonnay blend, bringing a fruitful roundness to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermentation lots are then layered in to provide viscosity and depth, prior to the wine going to bottle for its long rest within the caves. Following secondary fermentation within the bottle, the yeast within slowly break down through a process called autolysis, imparting a richness and complexity that can only be achieved through the years of patience. Now 18 years after these grapes were first harvested, we release this outstanding bottle of wine for your enjoyment.
In 2000, mild spring weather paved the way for a long growing season. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin in mid-August, allowing some of the coolest vineyard sources to mature into late September. This weather dynamic produced intensely aromatic Chardonnay with rich viscosity and a long, acidic backbone.
This late disgorged sparkling wine features bright aromas of baked apple, lemon curd and apricot, layered with elements of honey, brioche, orange zest and almond paste. The creamy mid-palate seamlessly integrates with a vibrant acidity carrying rich flavors of baked pineapple, tangy citrus, marzipan, baked peach, orange blossom and a touch of milk chocolate.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Reviews98 Points - Editors' Choice
Both delicate and flavorful, this exceptional wine defines elegance. It starts with a subtly spicy ginger-cookie aroma that leads to layers of citrus, baking spices and toasted bread on the rich palate. After 18 years since the vintage, this still offers persistent, fine bubbles, bracing acidity and a fresh mouthfeel.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2018)
Delicate yet rich, with luxurious and mature baked apple, roasted hazelnut and toasted brioche flavors that slowly unfurl on a lingering finish.- Wine Spectator (October 2018)