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Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs 2017
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Tasting Panel 93
It’s a lovely, medium-bodied brut with aromas of late-spring fruit; fresh and succulent apricot and crisp apple with a spark of gingerbread. The perfume continues as honeyed tropical fruits and Asian pear chime in on the palate. Meredith May, August 2021

Wine Enthusiast 92
Only a hint of pink in the straw color of this wine gives a clue that it’s made from dark grapes. A tempting, toasty, doughy aroma leads to a rich blend ... read more
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Size:750mL (bubbly)
Closure:Cork
Store Item ID:#43080
Item Description
Tasting Panel 93
It’s a lovely, medium-bodied brut with aromas of late-spring fruit; fresh and succulent apricot and crisp apple with a spark of gingerbread. The perfume continues as honeyed tropical fruits and Asian pear chime in on the palate. Meredith May, August 2021

Wine Enthusiast 92
Only a hint of pink in the straw color of this wine gives a clue that it’s made from dark grapes. A tempting, toasty, doughy aroma leads to a rich blend of fruity and savory flavors, all backed by lively acidity and a long-lasting stream of fine bubbles. Jim Gordon, October 2021

Tasting Notes
“The 2017 Blanc de Noirs has generous aromas of Honeycrisp apple, apricot, white peach and candied ginger. Its vibrant and fresh nose is complemented by notes of orange zest, honey and sugar cookie. On the palate, there are juicy flavors of Asian
pear, pineapple, white grapefruit and honeysuckle, with soft touches of meringue cookie, cinnamon and toasted almond. The quenching long finish is fresh, with a bright clean acidity.” – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Varietal Composition: 83% Pinot Noir, 17% Chardonnay
County Composition: 53% Sonoma, 20% Mendocino, 18% Napa, 9% Marin

Appellation: North Coast
Harvest Dates: August 8 - September 9, 2017
Barrel Fermentation: 30%
Alcohol: 12.8%
TA: 8.2 g/L
pH: 3.16
RS: 9.0 g/L
Cases Produced: 7,990
About Schramsberg
Schramsberg's history dates back to the 19th century, when German immigrant Jacob Schram first made his home and started his winery on Diamond Mountain.

Over one hundred years later Jack and Jamie Davies would restore the Schramsberg estate in 1965. They set out to produce sparkling wine – specifically, "America's most prestigious, select and admired sparkling wine; chosen for special guests, special gifts, pampering one's self and expressing one's taste in unique products." Through the decades, this spirit of innovation earned Schramsberg and the Davies worldwide praise and recognition.

Schramsberg has also played a role in world history. The Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon's 1972 "Toast to Peace" with China's Premier Zhou Enlai (see timeline). Schramsberg's sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration since.

Schramsberg's founders, Jack and Jamie Davies were determined to seek out a simpler, more meaningful life. In 1965, after a yearlong search, they discovered a run-down winery on the mountainside above St. Helena. The 19th century Victorian mansion presided over the tangled remains of once stately gardens and underground cellars. The historic Schramsberg property had been abandoned for years, but the Davies were looking for a challenge. On that day they decided Schramsberg would be brought back to life.

The Davies had an ambition to make wine, but not just any wine. They were setting out to produce a world-class sparkling wine, and it was a lofty goal. Later that year, the 1965 Blanc de Blancs came to be, and would be the first commercial use of Chardonnay in American sparkling wine.

Schramsberg sparkling wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in a broad array of cool-climate North Coast vineyards located in Napa, Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties. The winemakers draw from more than 110 individual vineyard sites to create over 250 base wines each year. These wines are then artfully blended to create Schramsberg's 12-14 distinctive sparkling wines each year.
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