92 Insider Points
"Big, buttery aromas of baked apple, lemon curd, nutmeg, malt and bread dough. A whiff of buttered toast leads to balanced flavors of citrus, white flowers and butterscotch. Citrusy, nutty finish refuses to fade."
The Mirabelle Brut from Schramsberg is showing an array of aromas including white flower, pear, golden apple, honeycomb and brioche. The palate expresses more of the same, enhanced by a creamy texture and full and elegantly structured finish. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Dec 2016
Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino
Our love affair with Schramsberg and the Davies family is a long and beautiful story. Their true-to-terroir CA vintage Sparklers are the creme de la creme of CA Bubbly, but we have found that their NV Mirabelle is a wine well worth your attention too.
Based on a foundation of cool-climate Chardonnay characteristics plus added body and flavor from Pinot Noir, this wine is a classic Bubbly in all the right places. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “it’s vibrant and just tangy enough to have an edge, thanks to those older reserve wines." And our Tasting Panel agrees that this particular Sparkling Wine has a certain complexity and richness gained from adding aged wines to the blend.
One of our favorite qualities is this wine’s strong resemblance to its French cousins and yet is unmistakable in its Northern Cali heritage. Complex flavors meet a fresh mid-palate that stays with you through a remarkably long rich finish.
Reasons why we love it
Renowned Winemaker Keith Hock alongside Owner/Winemaker Hugh Davies, created this fan favorite. And after more than a decade with Schramsberg, Keith has recently taken a step back to pursue other endeavours. We suggest getting your hands on as many bottles of his fine Schramsberg wines as you can. He has earned 35 90+ ratings and has been a proud part of "the unchallenged leader in California sparkling wine" according to the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine.
A taste of Mirabelle will have you understanding why the bottle can be found on many swanky restaurant wine lists, and yet it is one of Schramsberg’s ‘best value’ wines. You won’t find a better deal from one of Napa’s greatest traditions turned national treasure.
Celebrating over 150 years as Napa’s first hillside vineyard, Hugh Davies shows us why his Sparklings can compete with Champagnes twice the price. And it is an unwavering devotion to producing world class wines that has not only kept Schramsberg on the map, but we believe will carry their label well into the future. So, grab a bottle - or six - and join the party!
Stylistically, Mirabelle Brut resembles some of its French cousins with its elegant, toasty aroma which leads into crisp and complex flavors on the palate. It is impossible to mistake Mirabelle's Northern California heritage - the freshness mid-palate continues through to the finish. Mirabelle Brut is a unique blend of hand-harvested bunches of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino county Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mirabelle pairs well with shellfish, light appetizers or hearty, vegetable-based soups.
The non-vintage Mirabelle combines the bright, vibrant fruit of the 2002 vintage with the equally dynamic wines of vintages past. Complete with a green apple and jasmine fragrance, filled out by tropical fruit notes, the aromas merrily greet you from the glass. The bright citrus entry on the palate gives way to subtle honey and caramel, with just a hint of fresh cream to balance the zesty acid. Mirabelle, as ever, demonstrates the illustrious combination of yesterday and today, with age enhancing youth and freshness complimenting the more complex characters.
Focused on Schramsberg's top Chardonnay barrel and tank lots, and aged for seven years prior to release, J. Schram is the winery's signature Brut sparkling wine. Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a mission to produce California's first world-class sparkling wines. Today, led by their son Hugh, Schramsberg's team continues with this commitment to quality and innovation. Schramsberg also produces the J. Schram Rose, Reserve, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose, Cremant Demi-Sec and J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mirabelle Brut is a unique blend of hand-harvested bunches of Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino county Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mirabelle pairs well with shellfish, light appetizers or hearty, vegetable-based soups.