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SCHRAMSBERG SPARKLING BRUT "RESERVE", NORTH COAST 2007
Made from 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, spice-tinged fruit aromas and toasted baguette complexity make a grand entrance on the nose. It then gushes bold and complex flavors, like toasted walnuts and almonds, poached pears and a touch of ginger. Although big and broad in flavor for a sparkling wine, it's very well structured and a good bet to age through 2022 or longer.
Another stunner is the 2007 Reserve sparkling white, which is 76% Pinot Noir and 24% Chardonnay, of which 40% is barrel-fermented. This spent seven years on its lees before disgorging, and it's the Pinot Noir-dominated equivalent of their Chardonnay-dominated cuvée called J. Schram. This is crisp, elegant, shows structure, creamy honeyed richness, beautiful opulence, medium to full body and stunning brioche, honeysuckle and apple marmalade-like notes.