Schramsberg Reserve 2004
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The 2004 Reserve is an expressive wine showing profound aromas of ripe cherry and Mandarin orange that evolve into warm honey and marzipan. Not to be outdone, the palate is rich with flavors of raspberry, spiced apples and candied ginger. Crisp on entry and velvety in texture, the wine lingers in the mouth with a long balanced acidity.
The opulence of this sparkling wine has to be tasted to be believed. It's far softer and silkier than the winery's companion new release, the 2005 J. Schram, but then the blend is the complete opposite. This one's mainly Pinot Noir, with the balance from Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir brings a warm, raspberry- and cherry-sauce richness to Chardonnay's limes and pears.
Score: 98, Steve Heimoff, December 31, 2012
An opulent and rich style, with bold aromas of baked cinnamon and apple followed by complex, racy flavors of Asian pear, candied ginger and spice. Features a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,668 cases made.
Score: 93, Tim Fish, December 31, 2012
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