Nose

Opens with bright aromas of pear, pineapple and apricot, followed by nuances of custard, peach cobbler, and almond.

Palate

The elegant palate features fruitful elements of apple, melon, papaya and lemon verbena. The persistent finish is driven by generous and bright acidity.

Growing Conditions

J. Schram epitomizes Schramsberg’s philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Representing only 3% of the winery’s annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the very best base wine lots of the approximately 300 produced each year. County Composition: 50% Sonoma, 41% Napa, 5% Mendocino, 4% Marin. Principal Chardonnay Blocks: Sonoma County - Horseshoe Bend, Keefer; Napa - Carneros: Schwarze, Jones.

Bottling

Bottling Date: April 13, 2010

Winemaking

Cluster samples from over 115 cool-climate vineyard sources are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity within the wine is gained through both oak barrel and stainless steel tank fermentation. Additional layers are provided through small lots that undergo malolactic fermentation, enriching aromas and infusing creaminess on the palate. Barrel Fermentaion: 27%

Aging

Our J. Schram is aged for over seven years on the yeast in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain caves; each bottle is then riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage.

Food Pairing

J. Schram is quite appealing on its own as an apéritif or enjoyed with fresh shellfish, caviar on toast point, smoked salmon, tangy and sharp cheeses, seafood brochettes, cedar-planked lobster, mesquite-grilled quail, or Serrano ham & porcini risotto.