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2009 Reserve (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 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 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 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
Reviews96 Points - Cellar Selection
Distinctive aromas of toasted nut and wood-smoke give this full-bodied wine an exotic start, while baked apple, browned walnut and crisp cherry flavors continue the theme. Made from 82% Pinot Noir and 18% Chardonnay, it offers layers of spice, smoke and mild, savory mushroom and tea flavors, surrounded by a plush, creamy texture and light acidity to keep it fresh.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2018)
Rich and silky, with a core of supple apple, strawberry and nutty brioche flavors that build on a long, lingering finish.- Wine Spectator (October 2018)
Although gamely still hanging on to a touch of vestigial fruit, this ten-year-old sparkler concerns itself most with autolysis and teases with suggestions of buttered toast and crème caramel on the nose that are reiterated with emphasis and joined by subtle notes of citrus and marzipan in its deep and many layered flavors. It is delicately bubbled, but, if not forcefully frothy, its mousse is as insistent as it is very fine, and, in the end, it is not power but precision and persistence that earn this involving wine its high rating.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (December 2018)