Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2013
“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: 26% Sonoma, 39% Mendocino, 23% Napa, 12% Marin
- Harvest Date(s): August 13-September 14
- Barrel Fermentation: 35%
- Varietal Composition: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 12.7%
- TA: 0.89g/100ml
- p H: 3.15
- RS: 1.13g/100ml
The 2013 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and caramel, which gradually layer with fragrances of fresh baked bread. Lush flavors coat the palate with candied grapefruit, lemongrass, marzipan and a hint of orange zest. This sparkling wine delivers a clean, lingering finish. – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2013 – 9-9.5 points – Vinography
“Bright gold in the glass with … fine bubbles, this wine smells of citrus peel and cherries. … a velvety mousse delivers bright orange peel, cherry and berry flavors that mix with a hint of sea air and rosehips. Nicely balanced … Delicious.”
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2013 – 93 points – The Tasting Panel
“Golden amber color; ripe, fresh, and rich flavors; round and deep with balance and a great, long finish from Napa’s best sparkling wine producer.”
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2013 – 9 points – Vinography
“Light gold in the glass with medium fine bubbles, this wine smells of orange peel and apples and a touch of bread crust. In the mouth, golden apples and pears mix with a touch of pomegranate and cherry berry flavor. Nice acidity and balance.”
Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2013 – 91 points – The Planet Grape
"Tangy, fresh and dry with fine mousse (tiny bubbles) and notes of lemon, green apple strawberry and vanilla yogurt."