Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2007
“Blanc de Noir,” meaning “white from black,” gets its name from the Pinot Noir grapes used to make this 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.
- Appellation: North Coast
- County Composition: 32% Napa, 31% Sonoma, 30% Mendocino, 7% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 10-October 16
- Barrel Fermentation: 30%
- Varietal Composition: 74% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 13,340 cases
- Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- TA: 0.86g/100ml
- p H: 3.08
- RS: 1.08g/100ml
- Release Date: July 1, 2010
The 2007 Blanc de Noirs has lively aromas of guava and fresh peach that lead way to subtle aromas reminiscent of a briar berry patch. The fruitful nose is complemented by warm almond and salted toffee. The palate is generous and bursting with flavors of Rainier cherry and fresh watermelon, followed by baked orange and fresh sourdough bread. The finish is long and lingering with a snappy acidity.
Hugh Davies and Keith Hock, Winemakers
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2007 – 91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“…Sappy, deeply pitched orchard and citrus fruit flavors are enlivened by a note of white pepper and pick up toastiness with air. Juicy citrus notes linger on a long, spicy and focused finish.”
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2007 – 92 points – The Tasting Panel
“Lush and creamy, bright and weighty with balance; alive with citrus and raspberry flavors.”
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2007 – 92 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
"While some local Blanc de Noirs bottlings succeed on the strength of buoyant fruit, this one does so by way of refinement. Its yeasty, nicely layered aromas are graced with subtle suggestions of cherries, minerals and a scant touch of chalk...."
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2007 – 94 points, Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast
"...this brilliantly clean wine has an incredibly fierce mousse...as creamy and refined as any California sparkler in memory. The Pinot asserts itself in delicate touches of raspberries and strawberries. Delicious and compelling now. Try with sushi."