Schramsberg - Mirabelle Brut
Wine Spectator 90 pts
Grapes: Chardonnay 56%, Pinot Noir 44%
Region: USA / California / North Coast
Type: Sparkling wine
Vineyards: Located in California’s North Coast, including Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Marin County.
Vinification: The fruit is hand-picked in the early morning hours at optimal maturity. Individual lot fermentations allow the winemakers to carefully select the components that make up the finished blend. After bottle fermentation and about two years of aging en tirage, subsequent trials determine the ideal dosage to finish this brut style.
Color: Golden straw.
Nose: Fruitful aromas of red apple, pineapple, and pear,
followed by nuances of warm caramel and vanilla.
Palate: Flavors of guava and papaya, followed by Mandarin orange and Meyer lemon. The palate is crisp on entry with citrusy acidity and a lingering finish.
Food pairing: As a dry apéritif, oysters on the half shell, sushi, baked halibut, cheeses, and cream-based pasta dishes.