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2010 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.
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The 2010 Reserve exhibits lively aromas of baked pear, apricot and candied orange that gain complexity with touches of Christmas spice, honey and crème caramel. Flavors of baked peach, roasted pineapple and mango are layered with toasted hazelnut, leading to a rich and powerful finish with fresh and clean acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Full-on autolysis is, as usual, the featured player in Schramsberg's Reserve bottling, and the wine falls in line with what is often called the "English Cuvée" style... the wine places strong emphasis on the vehemently toasty traits of extended time en tirage, but this one hits the mark smartly when it comes to aged elegance and is a fascinating and very expressive demonstration of the complexity inherent in serious sparkling wines that are allowed a lengthy stay in the bottle.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (December 2019)