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Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs 2009

Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs 750ml 2009        
Sku: 1839370*

In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies established Schramsberg Vineyards. One of the pioneers of the area, they set set out to make world-class sparkling wine on property originally owned by Jacob Schram. This 220 acre estate is located in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District and its caves, which were dug in the 1880’s, extend over 30,000 square feet. The Schramsbergs produce limited quantities of handcrafted sparkling wines from grapes grown in their 43 acre estate vineyard and with fruit harvested from superior parcels located in cool climate, including Napa-Carneros, Sonoma-Carneros, Mendocino County and the Sonoma and Marin coastal areas. The winemakers draw from 120 vineyard blocks covering 371 acres to create 220 base wines each year. Many of Schramsberg’s viticultural and winemaking practices are carried out by hand – grapes are hand-harvested, the bottles are stacked and riddled in underground caves by hand. The J. Schram, Schramsberg’s top offering, is even hand-labeled. They are unique among California sparkling wine houses in that they barrel ferment 25% of their juice to produce rich, flavorful and complex wines. A world-class winery and recognized leader in the California wine industry, Schramsberg produces America’s finest sparkling wines which have been served proudly at state functions at the White House and abroad for decades. Jack and Jamie’s son Hugh now manages the winery.

Tasting notes
Lively aromas of guava and fresh peach mingle with flavors of orange, cherry and raspberry and fresh sourdough bread. A nicely mature sparkling with lifted notes of acidity.

Rating
 Wine Spectator 90 points (Nov 30 2013)
Balances richness with delicacy, offering aromas of cinnamon pear and fresh ginger that lead to focused flavors of Meyer lemon, cherry and creamy vanilla spice. Drink now. 10,719 cases made. –TF
 Wine Enthusiast 89 points (Nov 2013)
A little scoury, but delicious, with ripe strawberry, raspberry and orange-preserve flavors. Mostly Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay, it shows fine acidity and a Champagne-like yeastiness. Drink now.

Technical notes
(87% Pinot Noir/13% Chardonnay). Selected lots of barrel fermented (34%) and wines that underwent malo provide lovely richness and body to this blend.

Other text
Hugh Johnson wrote in his Picket Encyclopedia of Wine: "Schramsberg*** a dedicated specialist: California’s best sparkling. "Blanc de Noirs outstanding.” The 1992 Blanc de Noirs won a gold medal at the World Wine Championships; the 1996 and 1997 both won gold medals at the Orange County Fair.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Napa Valley
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Sparkling
 
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