Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 1999

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  • Introduction

    • Blanc de Blancs (white from white) is the counterpart of Blanc de Noirs (white from black). It is made from the white wine grape Chardonnay. Blanc de Blancs was our first wine in 1965 and America’s first commercial Chardonnay sparkling wine.

      The wine is dry, firm and crisp. Abundant flavors recall lemon, apple, pear and pineapple. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The cuvée is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement. With its bright fruit and elevated acid, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years following its initial release. This is our “oysters on the half shell” cuvée with “citrus-like” crispness that make it ideal with a variety of fresh seafood. It is also delicious by itself as an aperitif or an accompaniment to light poultry, cheese, and vegetable courses.

      Our Blanc de Blancs received world recognition in 1972 when served for the “Toast to Peace” in Beijing. It has since been served by our Presidents at home and abroad on countless occasions. The 1989 vintage won a Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition in Hong Kong, 1994 was awarded “Best of Show” by the Quarterly Review of Wines, the 1998 won silver medals at the Orange County Fair, the Grand Harvest Awards and the Orage County Wine Competition.

  • Technical Information

    • Blend 98% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Noir

      Source 53% Napa County, 18% Mendocino County, 6% Monterey County, 5% Marin County

      Alcohol 12.5%

      TA 0.90g / 100ml

      pH 3.02

      Residual Sugar 1.20%

      Bottle Size 375 ml / 750ml

      1.5L / 3L / 9L

      Production 20,667 cases

  • Tasting Notes

    • Lightly-toasted almond and freshly baked sourdough notes accent the bright, fruitful aromas of lemonlime, green apples and pineapple. This flavorful quencher is smooth all the way across the palate. It has a lively, crisp entry, a creamy, viscous texture across the middle, and a snappy, cleansing sweet and sour finish.”—Hugh Davies, Winemaker