Schramsberg Vineyards Napa Valley
This was the first California winery to produce quality sparkling wines from the classic varieties of Champagne: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. All three grapes are used across the range. A straightforward non-vintage blend, Mirabelle, is vinified from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is a fruit-driven style intended for easy drinking. More serious are the Vintage cuvées of Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rosé and the off-dry Crémant Demi-Sec produced from Flora, a crossing of Gewürztraminer and Sémillon. Reserve is a structured and concentrated Blanc de Noirs, while the J Schram cuvée is part barrel-fermented and blended from the very best lots in a single vintage. Rosé is also made with a J Schram version as well as vintaged Querencia, Brut and a Mirabelle Brut. Cabernet Sauvignon from Diamond Mountain is also now being made from the J Davies Estate. (DM)
To find out more about Schramsberg and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
Or indeed you can check out the new extensively updated 9th edition Wine Behind the Label Wine Guide that is 2250 pages, it reviews around 4000 vineyards and over 30,000 wines.