2011 Brut Napa Valley Carneros (1 X 750ML)

Made in a Blanc de Blancs style, focused on the Chardonnay grape, the 2011 Brut Napa Carneros showcases our very best vineyards from the small bay influenced Carneros AVA in southern Napa County. Lying 5-10 miles inland from the cool San Pablo Bay, Carneros welcomes cool temperatures and a slow cloud burn-off throughout the growing season. These climatic conditions allow for excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes that we grow there. The characteristic fresh fruit aromas and flavors, including green apple, citrus and pineapple abound from the Carneros Chardonnays that form the core of this brut offering.

We harvested our first fruit from Carneros back in 1985, and since starting in 1998 have consistently produced a sparkling wine focused solely from the fruit grown in this viticultural appellation. This bright, crisp sparkler will age beautifully, evolving for 20+ years to come with attractive caramelized, nutty and toasted flavor attributes.

With over three years of aging “en tirage”, this vibrant and complex wine combines a rich texture with excellent drive on the palate. Made in limited quantities and highlighting our very best lots of the year from this exceptional viticultural region, our winemaking team is very excited to release this sparkling wine.

Tasting notes

The 2011 Brut Napa Valley Carneros offers a broad expression of the Carneros terrior. Fresh green apple, bright tangerine, and baked apricot aromas are complemented by lemon shortbread and marzipan developed by years of aging on the yeast. The clean driving flavors are dense with ruby grapefruit, fresh pineapple and Granny Smith apple pie. Refreshing on entry and lingering on the palate, the wine delivers from the start to finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

91 Points
Nicely autolyzed on the nose with a well-married mix of freshly baked bread, roasted lemons and green apples that is carried forward in its very dry, deceptively deep flavors, Schramsberg's Brut reveals a little more layering and range with each sip. It shows a certain lively Blanc de Blancs sensibility albeit with an added measure of yeasty richness, and its mousse is as constant as it is fine and creamy. It is a wine that will shine as an aperitif or a first-course companion, especially if seared scallops are on the night's menu.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (October 2016)
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