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2013 J. Schram Noirs (1 X 750 ml)
Though primarily Pinot Noir, small amounts of select Chardonnay lots are added to the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Distinct barrel and malolactic fermented lots are also layered in to provide viscosity and depth. Each bottle is aged in contact with its yeast in our historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for eight years, affording the development of seasoned, roasted and caramelized richness. The yeast is then removed and a finishing dosage, determined through extensive and comprehensive trials, is added to fine-tune the wines balance of flavor and structure.
J. Schram Noirs is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roast duck with mango, cedar-plank grilled salmon, and curried chicken salad. This flavorful sparkling wine can also be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack, or Irish Coolea.
The 2013 North Coast vintage harvest was an ideal season with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer. Condensed, even and excellent are three words used to describe the growing season. The season began early, with a warm and dry spring, and beautiful weather extended all the way through an early harvest. Yields overall were above average and fruit showed great balance of acidity and sugar, leading to optimal flavor development.
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The 2013 J. Schram Noirs exhibits generous aromas of mango, yellow peach, red apple, cherry, and orange zest, followed by undertones of vanilla, honey, lemon cookie, graham cracker, brioche, French toast, and honeysuckle. Its rich and elegant palate delivers a zesty citrus entry, leading to flavors of apricot, candied ginger, and milk chocolate. Driven by vibrant acidity, this sparkling wine carries lively, lavish length to the finish.- Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies
Pale salmon in the glass, this wine exudes aromas and flavors of lemon, lime, white strawberries, and just-ripe white nectarines along with classic lees aromas of freshly baked bread and pastry dough. The palate has a consistently fine-bubbled mousse and an elevated acidity that keeps the fresh fruits forward whilst always maintaining the depth, complexity and layers of developed flavors.- Wine Enthusiast, December 2022
Boasting the same lovely mouth that specialness is fully confirmed with lovely, multilayered flavors and a mousse that simply refuses to quit. It begs comparison to the tete-de-cuvées of Champagne in a way that is rarely rivaled by its home-grown cousins and is a wine to save for the grandest occasions.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, November 2022
Richly detailed and vibrant, with expressive cherry, lemon verbena and candied ginger accents that build zest and polish on the lingering finish. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.- Wine Spectator, October 2022