Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2007
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.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 59% Napa, 31% Sonoma, 7% Mendocino, 3% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 10-October 16
- Barrel Fermentation: 23%
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 20,550 (12/750ml)
- Available Formats: 375ml, 750ml, 1.5L, 3L, 9L
- Alcohol: 12.7%
- TA: 0.93g/100ml
- p H: 3.06
- RS: 1.15g/100ml
- Release Date: June 1, 2010
The aromas are sweet and inviting with fresh lemon and lime, followed by pineapple and Jolly Rancher green apple. The generous nose is accentuated by a salty minerality that leads way to the yeastiness of fresh from the oven bread. Upon first taste, the 2007 Blanc de Blancs delivers delicious flavors of green apple, fresh honeydew melon and lemon custard. The palate finishes with a pleasant acidity that is crisp, long and lingering.
Hugh Davies and Keith Hock, Winemakers
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2007 Silver Medal – Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2007 – 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“…Juicy and incisive on the palate, which offers intense lime and orange flavors and a subtle anise quality. Clean and nervy on the finish, which leaves spice and candied citrus notes behind.”
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2007 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate
“Perhaps the finest portfolio of Schramsberg sparkling wines I have tasted to date, these beauties include the outstanding, frothy 2007 Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay), which reveals notes of brioche, white currants and lemon blossoms. Medium-bodied with persistent effervescence and excellent acidity, it should drink nicely for several years or more.”
Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2007 – 90 points – The Tasting Panel
“Fresh and minerally; crisp, toasty, and racy with lovely balance.”