The finishing dosage is the result of comprehensive trials to fine tune balance of flavor and acidity.
(84% Pinot Noir/16% Chardonnay). More than 80 cool climate vineyard sites in Carneros, AndersonValley and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas are managed each year to achieve the best possiblefruit. Hand-picking, early morning harvesting and light pressing are critical. Small amounts of selectChardonnay are included in the blend to lend additional backbone and length to the palate. Barrelfermentation (37%) and malolactic of particular lots provide viscosity and depth. Extensive tasting isconducted over the winter months, with as many as 200 base wines being taken into consideration. Eachbottle is aged on the lees a minimum of six years in Schramsberg’s historic Diamond Mountain hillsidecaves.
The Reserve is well suited for service with main courses, especially such choices as veal tenderloin and roast duck, or with full-flavored fish such as sea bass. This delicious bubbly also pleases as an aperitif. Try it with smoked oysters, caviar or crab cakes.