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Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made at Schramsberg from
the red wine grape Pinot Noir, this is a delicious, fruity, full-bodied sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de
Noirs style in the United States, releasing the first such American sparkler in 1967.
Making a white wine from a red grape requires great care—handpicked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit
maturity and delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins is achieved. Three years of
yeast contact knits all the elements together in a mature, toasty style.
Varietal Composition: 87% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay.
"Schramsberg Vineyard's 2001 Blanc de Noirs opens with a forward bouquet of
ripened peaches, sliced apricots and bright cranberries. Undertones of orange zest
enhance this lively entry, with a subtle yeastiness adding to its complexity. The
fresh fruit and yeast-aging qualities show through on the palate's quenching stone
fruit flavors and creamy roundness. Tasting of fresh berries and juicy orange-pineapple,
this dynamic wine coasts along a crisp acid backbone to a satisfying,
-Hugh Davies, Winemaker
The wine is especially appealing with lighter meats such as veal and pork tenderloin,
caviar and smoked fish, risotto with chanterelles and vegetables, or cheese soufflés.
Focused on Schramsberg's top Chardonnay barrel and tank lots, and aged for seven years prior to release, J. Schram is the winery's signature Brut sparkling wine. Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic vineyards and cellars in 1965, with a mission to produce California's first world-class sparkling wines. Today, led by their son Hugh, Schramsberg's team continues with this commitment to quality and innovation. Schramsberg also produces the J. Schram Rose, Reserve, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rose, Cremant Demi-Sec and J. Davies Diamond Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection.
Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne,
so they do not produce a wine every year and have no
What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...Read More About Vintage
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