While Schramsberg Winery is located within the Napa Valley, its origins come from a small town along the Rhine River in Germany. Jacob Schram, founder of Schramsberg Vineyards, was born in the small town of Pfeddersheim where his winemaking family resided. Determined to be a part of the winemaking movement within the Napa Valley, he purchased a large piece of mountainside property in 1862 thus creating what would become Schramsberg. Known now for their production of sparkling wine, Schramsberg wines were mostly still wines in its early years produced from European varietals such as Riesling and Chasselas according to our Schramsberg wine reviews. In 1905 Jacob fell ill and the winery operations suffered and were eventually sold off. After nearly fifty years of inactivity, Schramsberg was acquired by Jack and Jamie Davies in 1965 who began producing high quality sparkling wine made in the traditional champagne style. Today, the Schramsberg Winery and Vineyard operations are run by their son Hugh who has continued the sparkling wine production tradition according to our Schramsberg wine ratings below.
An awesome rosé, just a tremendous feat. Made from 11 vineyards in 4 counties, it shows a masterful art of the blend. Insanely rich in toasted bread and lees, showing the influence of six years in the bottle. A tremendous core of strawberries, raspberries, orange zest, roasted macadamia, roasted coconut, pear liqueur and honey lasts into the finish. Despite the…
The opulence of this sparkling wine has to be tasted to be believed. It’s far softer and silkier than the winery’s companion new release, the 2005 J. Schram, but then the blend is the complete opposite. This one’s mainly Pinot Noir, with the balance from Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir brings a warm, raspberry- and cherry-sauce richness to Chardonnay’s limes and pears…
This is a gigantic wine, but it’s so well structured and refined, so beautiful, you can drink it now and fall in love with it. It’s perfectly balanced, enormously complex and not too sweet; the highest-scoring California sparkler we’ve ever tasted, blending rich toasty notes with well-ripened fruit. This fabulous wine should come together, mellow and gain…
An astonishingly brilliant bubbly, one of the best ever from Schramsberg or indeed any California winery, this Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend strikes with sheer beauty. It’s so delicate and refined yet so powerful, defining Champagne qualities of finesse and elegance. Rewarding now, but the parts are far from melding. Best 2007–2012.
The best of Schramsberg’s current bubblies, for the smoothness and finesse of its mousse and subtlety of flavor, high acidity and impeccable structure. Mainly Chardonnay, with 17% Pinot Noir, it shows a minerally firmness to the grilled peach, pear, green apple tart, pineapple and toasty, yeasty flavors. This should develop seamlessly over the next 10 years or longer.
This spectacular brut-style sparkler that’s made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir still has plenty of tart acidity and yeastiness, providing the backdrop for rich, concentrated flavors of lime, raspberry, orange, brioche, mineral, vanilla and spice. It’s enjoyable now, a tête de cuvée that is among the best California bubblies of the year, and it will continue to…
Don’t even think about opening this brut for at least six years and probably far longer. Made from 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir, it’s rich and full-bodied, with elaborately ripe flavors of tangerines, raspberries, roasted almonds and coconut, brioche, honey and vanilla. Good as it is, it simply needs time for everything to transmute into magic.
Ultra-refined, super-elegant, the superlatives go on and on. Pours clear and bright, with the most subtle and inviting aromas, all dough and smoke and custardy vanilla with that tease of strawberry. So silky and light on the palate, airy, like silk, and perfectly dosed to a smooth dryness. You will find youthful acidity and scour on the finish, suggesting a wine…