Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2014
Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made primarily from the red grape Pinot Noir, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the
United States, producing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this Blanc de Noirs is our sourcing of
pinot noir grapes from a vast and varied selection of 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 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: 29% Sonoma, 27% Napa, 23% Marin, 21% Mendocino
- Harvest Date(s): August 8 - September 9, 2014
- Barrel Fermentation: 29%
- Varietal Composition: 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 10,520 (9-Liter)
- Alcohol: 12.9%
- TA: 8.5 g/l
- p H: 3.13
- RS: 10.3 g/l
“This Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of red apple, apricot and candied lemon, which gradually layer with fragrances of graham cracker and sourdough bread. Lush flavors coat the palate with cantaloupe, peach and an added hint of vanilla and marzipan. The crisp acidity gives way to a floral, honeyed finish.”
– Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs — 2014 – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine – 90 Points
100% Pinot Noir. Hinting at cherries and fresh pears with notes of vanilla and toasty sweetness filling out its fairly refined, specifically champenized aromas and staying in step once in the mouth where the cherries of Pinot Noir are met by a tasteful touch of creamy yeast, this sleek and relatively lively, vibrant wine impresses as being a bit younger than its vintage would indicate and exhibits an enticing sense of sophistication that is heightened by its frothy but decidedly refined mouse. Although it comes with no need to further age, we see it ageing quite gracefully....
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2014 – Town and Country – The 18 Best Wines to Serve at Christmas
"Nothing says holiday quite like sparkling wine! It makes that annoying relative so much more bearable, the fireside warmer, and the glowing lights from the tree reflecting off the glass full of bubbles really seals the deal. As it gets colder out I like to step up the body and power of my champagne with a Blanc de Noirs (made completely with red grapes...
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs North Coast – 2014 – Wine Enthusiast – 93 Points
A crisp texture and rather full body carry subtle spice and lean dry fruit flavors in this nicely reserved and complex wine. Apple skin, lemon zest and hints of toasted almond carry the palate and linger on the finish.
Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast – 2014 – Wine Spectator – 90 Points
Crisp and luscious, with expressive cherry, Meyer lemon and yeast roll accents that linger on a refreshing finish. Drink now.