2012 Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs

Year: 2012
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.7%
Price :

88% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay

"Rich and elegant, with floral strawberry and pear aromas and crisp yet plush flavors of yeast roll, fresh ginger and spice. Drink now. 10,598 cases made. -TF" (WS)

"Mildly creamy yeast is met by energetic fruit in both the nicely autolyzed aromas and flavors of fairly youthful and complete Blanc de Noirs, and, if the wine comes across as being slightly juicy, it does not cheat to sweetness and is buoyed by plenty of cleansing acidity. It is an altogether tasty sparkler at the moment, but it is balanced to last and has the potential to improve in the bottle for another two or three years. Reviewed: November 2016" (CG)

"A very light-colored wine made from dark grapes, this is a detailed and multilayered beauty. Fresh ginger, cinnamon and brioche aromas lead to an elegant texture and vivid fruit flavors like white cherry and raspberry that energize the palate and linger long on the finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
“Blanc de Noir,” meaning 'white from black,' gets its name from the Pinot Noir grapes used to make this lively, complex, medium-body sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the United States, releasing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this complex Blanc de Noirs is Schramsberg’s vast and varied focus on diverse cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Carneros and Anderson Valley combine with fruit from low-yielding Sonoma and Marin coastal vineyards to develop a sparkling wine with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Select Chardonnay lots give zest and backbone to the blend. Making a white wine from a red grape requires great care: hand-picked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit maturity and delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins is achieved. Barrel and malolactic fermentation of particular wine lots add richness and body. Yeast contact in the bottle harmonizes all the elements together in a mature, toasty style. The youthful fruit character of the wine will develop and soften with additional age in the bottle. With proper storage, this sparkling wine will be delicious for many years, even a couple of decades to come. Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs is particularly well-suited to serve with a variety of foods, including soft and nutty cheeses, macadamia nut-crusted halibut, and pork tenderloin with fresh rosemary and lemon thyme.