Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine 2017, Napa Valley, California

2017 vintage – 65% Flora, 33% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Noir.. 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 2017 Crémant has inviting aromas of baked peach, puff pastry and spiced citrus that are highlighted by hints of honey, ginger and cinnamon. The palate is rounded with bright flavors of pineapple, candied citrus and sugar brûlée, which lead to a creamy, well-balanced finish.” – Sean Thompson & Hugh Davies, Winemakers.