2013 Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs

Year: 2013
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.7%
Price :

85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay

"Refined and vibrant, with floral strawberry and yeasty almond aromas and plush, layered lemon curd and vanilla spice flavors. Drink now. 9,450 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"Coming mainly from Mendocino and Sonoma Coast with some Napa and Marin fruit, the 2013 Blanc de Noirs Napa Valley is scented of wild strawberries, fresh apples and raspberry leaves with a clotted cream, baking bread and toasted almond undercurrent. Light, crisp, refreshing and with bags of finesse, it has a zesty finish." (WA)

"This is a beautifully made, elegant wine that combines classic aromas of toasted bread, ripe apples and almonds with mouthfilling flavors of vanilla, lemon and cream while maintaining great balance from fresh acidity. A lingering finish echoes the spices and toast." (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.