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.