2012 J. Schram Magnum (1 X 1.5 L)

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From the inception of Schramsbergs efforts in 1965, the winery has sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in our sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsbergs philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Representing only 2-3% of the winerys annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the very best base wine lots of the approximately 300 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsbergs founder, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992.

Cluster samples from over 115 cool-climate vineyard sources are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity within the wine is gained through both oak barrel and stainless-steel tank fermentation. Additional layers are provided through small lots that undergo malolactic fermentation in barrel, enriching aromas and infusing creaminess on the palate. Our J. Schram is aged for eight years on the yeast in Schramsbergs historic Diamond Mountain caves; each bottle is then riddled by hand and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.

The 2012 North Coast wine grape harvest saw textbook conditions, with an ideal bud break and flowering, that led to an even fruit set over the spring. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights during the summer months, was ideal for the grapes as they matured. Any significant rains held off until the grapes found optimal ripeness, promoting exceptional fruit quality with a uniform balance of acids and sugars.

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Tasting notes

The 2012 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.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies


98 Points - Best of Year/Cellar Selection
A wonderful complexity lifts this bottle way above the pack. A beautiful perfume of marzipan,
lemon, toasted baguette and ginger lead to crisp and substantial citrus, green apple and fresh ginger flavors that pique the palate and linger for minutes on the finish. While already showing benefits of age, this Chardonnay-based cuvée will continue maturing nicely through at least 2026.
- Wine Enthusiast (November 2021)
94 Points
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 wines 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.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (December 2021)