Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs
Schramsberg from the red wine grape Pinot Noir, this is a delicious, fruitful, full-bodied sparkling
wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the United States, releasing the first such
American sparkler in 1967.
|Making a white wine from a red grape requires greatcare: handpicked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit maturity, delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity, and minimal tannins is achieved. Three years of yeast contact knits all the elements together in a mature, toasty style.
Blanc de Noirs presents layers of roasted almond, caramel, cherry and spice. The wine is especially appealing with lighter meats such as veal and pork tenderloin, caviar and smoked fish, risotto with chanterelles and vegetables, or cheese souffles.
| Wine Advocate 89 points (Dec 2015)
The 2011 Blanc de Noir, 89% Pinot Noir and 11% Chardonnay, has seen 32% barrel fermentation. The wine shows notes of honeysuckle, crisp and poached pears, zesty acids and a broad, round, juicy mouthfeel. The Pinot Noir certainly gives it more body and maybe even some structure that’s apparent in the mouth.
|Hugh Johnson wrote in his Picket Encyclopedia of Wine: "Schramsberg*** a dedicated specialist: California’s
best sparkling. "Blanc de Noirs outstanding.” The 1992 Blanc de Noirs won a gold medal at the World Wine
Championships; the 1996 and 1997 both won gold medals at the Orange County Fair.