2012 Schramsberg Reserve Magnum (1 x 1.5 L)

This is the 1.5 L size.

Reserve is Schramsbergs top Pinot Noir-focused brut sparkling wine. Representing 2% of our annual production, this richly flavored and full-bodied sparkler is made from only the finest base-wine lots produced each year. We release this finished sparkling wine nearly 9 years after the fruit is harvested, yet this fruitful and dry, toasty and creamy bubbly will age gracefully for decades to come.

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 approximately 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.

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 2012 North Coast wine grape harvest saw textbook conditions, with an ideal bud break and flowering, that led to an even fruit set over the spring. A lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights during the summer months, was ideal for the grapes as they matured. Any significant rains held off until the grapes found optimal ripeness, promoting exceptional fruit quality with a uniform balance of acids and sugars.

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Tasting notes

The 2012 Schramsberg Reserve presents aromas of orange marmalade, peach cobbler, graham cracker, and toffee, which evolve into hints of apricot, marzipan, and honey. Enveloping flavors of cinnamon apple, warm baked pineapple, vanilla spice, and ginger lead into layers of apricot cake, baked orange and almond. This delicious wine ends with fresh, bright acitity and a zesty finish on the palate.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

95 Points
Full-on autolysis steals the stage here with near-nutty tones and toasted bread well ahead of what is now but vestigial fruit. The wine is exttremely rich yet is also splendidly balanced, and, while not at all concerned with fruity brightness at this point in its life, it is enlivened by boundless, very fine bubbles. It wears its years with a great deal of grace even if it is beginning to dry just a bit at the edges, and it is a first-rate example of a well-aged cuvee that is certain to satisfy discerning fans of the style.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (December 2020)
95 Points
Schramsberg 2011 Reserve (North Coast). Complexity and seamlessness are the hallmarks of this elegant, crisp and well-aged wine made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. From aromas of toasted walnut and ginger to tangy white-peach, almond and tamarind flavors, this layered and creamy-textured sparkler builds great interest and ends with a lingering finish.- Wine Enthusiast (April 2021)
93 Points
A bold, dynamic style that remains keenly balanced and focused, offering raspberry, Meyer lemon, hazelnut brioche and spice flavors, building richness on a supple finish.- Wine Spectator (June 2021)