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2009 Reserve Magnum (1 x 1.5 L)
"Reserve" is Schramsberg's top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing about 3% of our annual production, this richly-flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. Over seven years old upon release, this fruitful, yet dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for another 20-30 years.
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 the yeast in our historic Diamond Mountain hillside caves for over seven 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.
Schramsberg Reserve is well-suited with a main course, such as fruit-stuffed veal, pork tenderloin, roasted duck with mango, cedar-plank grilled salmon, and curried chicken salad. This flavorful bubbly also can be served as an apéritif with smoked oysters, caviar and such hard cheeses as aged Swiss Sbrinz, Sonoma Vella Jack, or Irish Coolea.
The 2009 Reserve exhibits lively aromas of candied orange peel, white peach and glazed pineapple that gain complexity with touches of toasted almond, graham cracker and milk chocolate. Flavors of Meyer lemon and apricot are layered with baked pear and hazelnut, leading to a long, rich finish with balanced acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies