Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2009

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  • Introduction

    • “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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 34% Sonoma, 32% Napa, 26% Mendocino, 8% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): August 18-October 10
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 34%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 87% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 10,719 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • TA: 0.90g/100ml
    • p H: 3.06
    • RS: 1.00g/100ml
    • Release Date: April 1, 2013
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2009 Blanc de Noirs has concentrated aromas of red apple, apricot and orange marmalade, which are complemented with tropical notes of guava, mango and passion fruit. The fruitful nose is completed with essences of candied ginger and Meyer lemon tart. Flavors of orange, cherry and raspberry are present, followed by nuances of peach-berry cobbler. The wine enters crisp and lingers on the palate, finishing with a balanced and mouthwatering acidity. Winemakers Hugh Davies and Keith Hock

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Reviews

  • Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2009 – A Wine-and-Dine Playbook – Bon Appetit

    "...being a U.S. holiday and all, what better time to devise an all-American wine lineup? Begin with a first class California sparkler, such as Schramsberg's 2009 Blanc de Noirs..."

  • Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2009 – Redemption: Bringing eggs back into the fold – Edible Marin & Wine Country

    "This beautiful, deep pinkish-amber sparkler loves food. It has both acidity and depth."

  • Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2009 – Wine of the Week – St. Helena Star

    “…The wine has a rich palate full of red fruits, citrus, and a toasty, nutty character…Schramsberg is given credit for pioneering the first Blanc de Noirs style of sparkling wine in the country."

  • Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2009 – 90.7 points – Ken’s Wine Guide

    "This sparkler was well received by our mini-tasting group. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, slightly acidic and easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mineral infused Anjou pear and bread dough with hints of tart lemon.”

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