- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- OT Other Review Service
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
90 pts. Wine Spectator: December 15, 2012
This bubbly is both complex and fun to drink, with lemon curd and spicy caramel aromas that lead to crisp but luscious cherry, apple and toasty vanilla flavors. Drink now.
90 pts. Wine Spectator: November 30, 2011
Offers rich aromas of spicy yeast and baked apple and opulent flavors of lemon curd and Asian pear that finish with a crisp, mineral acidity. Drink now.
89 pts. Wine Spectator: November 30, 2013
Vibrantly crisp, with intriguingly mature accents of baked apple and cinnamon roll. An easygoing quaff. Drink now.
89 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: December, 2010
Two value selections include the Non-Vintage Mirabelle Brut, a blend of 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir; it is an outstanding bargain for high-class sparkling wine.
87 pts. Wine Enthusiast: February, 2011
Shows many of the qualities of Schramsberg’s more expensive sparklers, except the bubbles aren’t quite as refined. The flavors are rich and satisfying in strawberries, raspberries, vanilla and toast.
86 pts. Wine Spectator: November 30, 2003
Firm and complex, with pleasant, high-toned earth, cherry, spice and ginger notes. A good value. Drink now though 2007.
86 pts. Wine Spectator: December 31, 1996
In a fruity style, emphasizing its ripe, spicy pear, apple and melon flavors and hints of vanilla. At this price, a good value.
86 pts. Wine Spectator: December 31, 1997
Clean and smooth, with bright apple and mineral tones. The finish is fresh but not terribly complex.
85 pts. Wine Enthusiast: December 1, 2001
Even and medium-weight, this Schramsberg-owned sparkler has a citrus (but not at all biting) palate, with traces of caramel and Jolly Rancher candy on the back palate. Its bouquet shows pear-tart aromas enveloped in dusty, “grandmother’s attic” notes (or, as one reviewer put it, “mature, not funky”). The mouthfeel is even and lively, and not too effervescent. Finishes with stony-mineral notes.
Santé: June, 2001
Toasty, yeasty aromas, with a note of lemon zest. Medium-bodied and tart, with bright lemon flavors throughout; finishes with nice acidity.
Member Store Reviews
Champagne is not only for special occasions; when you have Champagne, it becomes a special occasion. While Champagne is delicious before dinner, it is even better with dinner, and this wine produced by Schramsberg Vineyards of Napa Valley would be a great choice. The yeasty, toasty nose is followed by a creamy, round, medium-bodied taste, featuring good fruit and accented by a crisp finish. Serve with grilled salmon or halibut, or seafood in a light cream sauce. Enjoy the sparkle!