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2011 Schramsberg Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Cremant Demi-Sec"

Winery: Schramsberg

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Cremant Demi-Sec"

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 85% Flora; 9% Pinot Noir; & 6% Chardonnay

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $39

Cases produced: 2,014

KWG Score: 90.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: December 27, 2015

Wine Review: This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it hits a sweet spot (pardon the pun). A frizzante dessert wine that has the golden hues found in most sparklers, but with noticeably fewer bubbles. The nose displays caramelized apples and peaches that were sprinkled with cinnamon. The palate, unfortunately, doesn't veer too far from the nose as far as taste profile is concerned, but the finish, due to the sweetness, is the longest lasting of all the sparklers I have tried. A valiant effort for those looking for a different wine to end the night this holiday season. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: The 2011 Cremant Demi-sec boasts tropical and citrus aromas of candied pineapple, guava and Mandarin orange, highlighted with notes of caramelized ginger and honey. The flavors on this sparkling wine are bright and refreshing on entry, with layers of pear nectar, apricot and mango. The palate is rich and tangy, with a viscous texture and a long lingering finish.

Organic status: not organic

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