2002 Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram Schramsberg web site
I stopped in at the Schramsberg vineyards to do a wine tasting and a tour. I highly recommend a visit when in Napa Valley. Great tour of miles of caves and millions of bottles of Sparkling wine. Schramsberg is the main supplier to the White House and for good reason. We did a 6 glass tasting and the J Schram was the last tasting. It’s one of their finest. Great experience, Excellent quality. Very solid sparkling wine. A nice toast feel and taste with hints of apricot, lemon, and peaches. It was crisp and well rounded. Light gold on the color and the finish lingers. Well made and worth the money and I suggest a try at about 90 bucks per bottle. I joined the club as a result, especially so that I can get the J Davies Cabernet.
From Schramsberg’s website
From the inception of our efforts in 1965, we have sought to achieve the greatest elegance and individuality possible in our sparkling wines. J. Schram epitomizes our philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. This wine is a fine expression of American individuality and innovation.
Wine grapes from the finest vineyards of Northern California are nurtured throughout the ripening process, before they are hand-picked. Complexity is gained through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Some small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged in our historical mountainside caves for over five years.
Dedicated to our founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, this special bottling has been a great success since its first
release in 1992. J. Schram reflects Schramsberg’s continuing role as a pioneer in world class sparkling wines. It is our nominee when you want an American statement of international excellence. J. Schram is appealing as an aperitif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar, smoked salmon, mild cheeses, seafood brochettes and risotto with prosciutto.