2014 Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Blancs 375 ml

Year: 2014
Appellation: North Coast
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.8%
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100% Chardonnay!

"Precise and crisp, with apple and mineral accents and an appealing whiff of rubber. The flavors finish on a firm note. Drink now. 34,850 cases made.–TF " (WS)

"Coming 66% from Napa, 31% Sonoma and 3% Marin, the 2014 Blanc de Blancs Napa Valley reveals a wonderfully toasty nose with suggestions of almonds and fresh hay over a core of spiced apples and baked pears. The palate is soft, creamy and fine with a lively backbone and good, long finish." (WA)

"This always reliable bottling shows its youth in aromas that remind of the crisp scent of freshly picked green apples. Complexing aged-yeast notes remain in the background yet do make themselves known, and, in the Schramsberg manner, the wine's bubbles are suitably small and foamy. Just a tad on the quiet side in the mouth but well-made and on point, this is a wine that will always satisfy. Reviewed: December 2017" (CG)

"Dry and well balanced but also full flavored, this will be a great go-to bubbly to have ready in the fridge for any minor or major occasion. There are ripe fruits along with crisp citrus notes, lively acidity, a rich mousse of bubbles and lingering finish." (WE)

Winery Notes:
The “Blanc de Blancs,” or “white from white," made from Chardonnay is the counterpart to the “Blanc de Noirs,” or “white from black,” made from Pinot Noir. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when then President Nixon served the wine at the historic “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China.

The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp. Small lots of malolactic- and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for two years prior to disgorgement. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.

While this wine can be enjoyed by itself as an apéritif, it is also perfect with oysters and other shellfish, crab cakes, ceviche and grilled sea bass. It is also delicious with lemon chicken and Thai curries. Serve with aged Gouda or other hard cheeses, and as a counterpoint to soft triple creams.