50th Anniversary 1999 J. Schram Late Disgorged (1 x 750 ml)

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In celebration of Schramsberg’s golden anniversary, our winemaking team is very excited to present this special, limited bottling: 1999 Late Disgorged J. Schram. It is hard to believe that 50 years have passed since Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic Schramsberg estate with the idea of making the nation’s first Chardonnay and Pinot Noir based, bottle-fermented sparkling wines. They cleaned up the century old caves and historic buildings on the property, reestablished its vineyards, and reopened Schramsberg’s doors at a time when there were only 22 active wineries in the Napa Valley. Today we are most thankful that they did! With this beautifully aged offering, we honor Jack and Jamie Davies, Jacob and Annie Schram who founded the estate in 1862, and all of those who have helped drive their visions to produce world-class wines. We have come a long way!

With a little over fourteen years of contact on the yeast, in the bottle, in our historic Diamond Mountain Caves, this sparkling wine 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. With great enthusiasm, we present this one-of-a-kind offering of our tête de cuvée, blended from our select range of Chardonnay vineyards in California’s North Coast. A limited number of bottles of this wine were made to commemorate this special year in our history.

Tasting notes

Bursting with youthful vitality, the 1999 J. Schram Late Disgorged shows vibrant aromas of Granny Smith apple and Mandarin orange. Aromatic depth is further accentuated by créme brûlée, honey comb and caramel. Crisp and delicious on entry, exhibiting generous fruitful flavors of peach, apricot and pineapple, the palate finishes with a rich, lingering acidity. The 1999 J. Schram LD can certainly be enjoyed now, but will continue to develop and build character for many years to come.- Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies

Reviews

97 points
In celebration of our 50th anniversary, a bottle of our limited edition 1999 J. Schram LD. With 15 years of bottle aging, this is truly a one-of-a-kind offering of our very best Chardonnay-based sparkling wine.- Wine Enthusiast - August 2015
95 Points
Absolutely riveting right from the first with enfolding, many-layered aromas and flavors of extraordinary richness and range, this long-on-theyeast version of the winery’s flagship J. Schram bottling is a study in just how good great, carefully aged, sparkling wine can be. It is creamy and vigorously bubbled with toasty complexities to spare, but it is also amazingly energetic, and, at its heart, a wholly unexpected fruity vitality still remains. It has handsomely repaid aging and shows no signs of fading away anytime soon, and it is a serious, utterly captivating bottle of bubbles meant for slow and contemplative sipping.- Connoisseurs' Guide To California Wine - November 2015
94 Points
With nearly 15 years on its lees before being disgorged, the 1999 J. Schram Late Disgorged, a blend of 74% Chardonnay and 26% Pinot Noir, has a light golden color, wonderful, persistent effervescence of pinpoint bubbles and a creamy, caramelized richness. Loads of white peach, apricot marmalade, brioche and baking spices are found in this medium to full-bodied remarkably rich and vibrant sparkling wine. Not only does it prove the aging potential of what Schramsberg is doing, but this could easily pass for a full-throttle, rather weighty and rich French Champagne. About 38% of this was barrel fermented and it's dry.- Wine Advocate - December 2015