2012 vintage – 86% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Noir. J. Schram epitomizes Schramsbergs philosophy to create a wine in which no effort has been spared and no care has been omitted. Representing only 3 percent of the winerys annual production, the Chardonnay-focused J. Schram blend is assembled from the very best base wine lots of the approximately 250 produced each year. This special bottling is dedicated to Schramsbergs founder of 1862, Jacob Schram, and has been a great success since its premier 1987 vintage was released in 1992. Cluster samples from more than 110 cool-climate vineyard sources are pulled several times before the optimal pick date for each block is selected. Complexity is gained through fermentation in both oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks. Some of the small lots undergo malolactic fermentation to enrich aromas and infuse creaminess on the palate. The wine is then aged for more than seven years on the yeast in Schramsbergs historic Diamond Mountain caves, riddled by hand, and finished with an exceptional brut dosage. The 2012 J Schram opens with aromas of caramelized pineapple, dried orange peel, ginger, and toffee, enhanced by notes of lemon curd, honey and brioche. The elegant and lingering palate delivers elements of baked apple, orange and pineapple upside down cake, layered with flavors of white peach and graham cracker on the finish.