Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine 2014, Napa Valley, California

2014 vintage – 71% Flora, 16% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay. Appellation: North Coast. The Schramsberg Crémant Demi-sec is a delicate, off-dry sparkling wine: an American original. Crémant is French for ‘creamy’ and traditionally refers to a wine with light effervescence. It has approximately two-thirds the pressure of Schramsberg’s other sparkling wines and presents a creamier texture with more exotic flavors. Flora is a cross of Sémillon and Gewürztraminer developed at UC Davis and is the core component of this sparkling wine. Flora unites the fruit-forward character of Gewürztraminer with the strength and depth of Sémillon. Aging on the yeast for two and a half years prior to disgorgement adds complexity, yet the wine will retain its youthful appeal for 20 years or more. “Our 2014 Crémant has developed aromas of lemon shortbread, lime peel and glazed apricot; complemented by hints of toasted brioche and butterscotch. The flavors are bright and refreshing on entry with nuances of white peach and pineapple balanced by cardamom spice. The palate is rich on entry with a long, lingering finish” – Sean Thompson & Hugh Davies, Winemakers.