We happen to think that Schramsberg produces some of the best sparkling wines in California (and by extension, the country) which makes sense since that was the Davies' original objective when they resurrected the famous estate first established by Jacob Schram in 1862. At the time Jack & Jamie Davies took things over, their mission was simply to create America's best sparkling wine. That goal started to come to fruition when, on February 25, 1972, the 1969 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs was served at the State dinner, “Toast to Peace” hosted by President Nixon for the Premier of China. That was the first time an American wine was served at any White House or State event and Schramsberg’s sparkling cuvées have been served at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue ever since.
This 2015 Brut Rose is a blend of 59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay sourced 48% from Sonoma, 26% from Napa, 23% from Mendocino and 3% from Marin Counties giving it the North Coast appellation. Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies describe it as having "generous aromas of candied orange, raspberry preserve, cranberry and orange blossom. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of vanilla, honey and brioche. On the palate, there are juicy flavors of peach, strawberry shortcake and lemon curd, with soft touches of marzipan. The wine has a fresh, juicy acidity which drives to a bright, clean finish."