Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine 2016, Napa Valley, California

2016 vintage – 68% Flora, 1% Pinot Noir, 31% 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. “The 2016 Crémant reveals developed aromas of sweet tropical mango, pineapple and papaya, complemented by hints of caramelized brown sugar, honeycomb and butterscotch. On entry the palate is creamy and balanced by a quenching acidity. Flavors of peach cobbler, lemon cream and vanilla are complemented by rich ripe pear, baked apple and crème brûlée. The long clean finish is refreshing with a delicious linger of white peach, yellow apple and sweet lime.” – Sean Thompson & Hugh Davies, Winemakers.