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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Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs 2013
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91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 “Refined and vibrant, with floral strawberry and yeasty almond aromas and plush, layered lemon curd and vanilla spice flavors.” Tim Fish, October 31, 2017   Tasting Notes The 2013 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and caramel, which gradually
Item Number: 25258
Bottle:$29.95
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Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Coming 66% from Napa, 31% from Sonoma and 3% from Marin, the 2014 Blanc de Blancs Napa Valley reveals a wonderfully toasty nose with suggestions of almonds and fresh hay over a core of spiced apples and baked pears. The palate is soft, creamy and fine with a lovely backbone and
Item Number: 25222
Bottle:$27.95
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Schramsberg 'Mirabelle' Brut Rose NV
89  Wine Spectator 
Wall Street Journal Good/Very Good. "Despite the Brut in the name, we'd recommend this to people who prefer their bubblies a little sweeter and softer than most. Relaxed and relaxing and quite approachable. Good as an aperitif or with cookies, so maybe it's just the thing for a noon inauguration." 
Item Number: 6805
Bottle:$23.95
Case: $287.40
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Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs 2012
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Editor's Choice  "A very light-colored wine made from dark grapes, this is a detailed and multilayered beauty. Fresh ginger, cinnamon and brioche aromas lead to an elegant texture and vivid fruit flavors like white cherry and raspberry that energize the palate and linger long on

Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2013
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Winespeed 95 "I love the freshness of this wine-it's like drinking cold mountain air early in the morning. Blanc de Blancs (100% chardonnay) is Schramsberg's most popular wine and it's easy to see why. Not only are the flavors delicious and pure (iced pear sorbet), but the bubbles feel different

Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs 2011
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(91% Pinot Noir/9% Chardonnay). Barrel fermentation (27%) and malolactic of particular wine lots add richness and body. Yeast contact in the bottle harmonizes all the elements in a mature, toasty style.  Lively aromas of guava and fresh peach. Flavors of Rainier cherry and fresh watermelon,

Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2012
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"The 2012 Blanc de Blancs has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, lime, green apple and white apricot. The fragrance of fruit is complemented by hints of yeast, white flowers, spicy ginger and fresh honeycomb. The lime, tangerine and pear flavors are tart and refreshing on entry. The palate is

Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2011
92  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Bracing and bright, this shows definite Chardonnay characteristics, such as a buttery, apple pie aroma and vivid crisp apple and lemon flavors. Nothing is overblown, though, so it retains finesse. This will be great as an apéritif and even better with seafood after sitting down

Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs 2010
Wine Enthuiast 91 "Delicate flavors of baking spices like cinnamon, allspice and ginger light up this very dry, firm-textured bubbly. Vivid acidity keeps it light and lively. Plenty of citrus and green apple notes and a refreshing dryness make the mouth water." Jim Gordon, December 2014  "Blanc

Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs 2010
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91"Enticing aromas of Asian pear and spiced cinnamon lead to rich, layered flavors of lemon curd, mineral and fresh almond. Drink now through 2014." 25,331 cases made. –TF

Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec 2008
"The 2008 Crémant Demi-sec has a complex nose of candied guava and apricot, with nuances of dried cherry. This vibrant fruit is complemented by notes of honey and warm sticky bun. The palate is velvety and coating on entry with sweet tropical flavors of pineapple, papaya and mango. The sparkling

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2009
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91 "Elegant and sleekly styled, showing appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, with focused, layered flavors of lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger. Drink now through 2015. 25,881 cases made." –TF  “The 2009 Blanc de Blancs offers bright aromas of fresh green apple and

Schramsberg 'Cremant' Demi Sec 2006
"Schramsberg Cremant is a delicate off-dry, dessert-style wine: an American original. Cremant is French for "creamy" and traditionally refers to a sparkling wine with less pressure and softer effervescence. Our Cremant has roughly half the pressure of our other sparkling wines, it presents a

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2008
94  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Spectator 91 "Sleek and vibrant, with floral apple and lemon aromas and crisp, complex flavors of pear and yeasty cinnamon that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2015. 20,500 cases made."~ TF  Wine Enthusiast 94 "Made from 100% Chardonnay grown Mostly in Napa and Sonoma