Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2011

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  • Introduction

    • The “Blanc de Blancs,” or “white from white,” made from Chardonnay is the counterpart to the “Blanc de Noirs,” or “white from black,” made from Pinot Noir. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when then President Nixon served the wine at the historic “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China.

      The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp. Small lots of malolactic- and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for two years prior to disgorgement. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.

      While this wine can be enjoyed by itself as an apéritif, it is also perfect with oysters and other shellfish, crab cakes, ceviche and grilled sea bass. It is also delicious with lemon chicken and Thai curries. Serve with aged Gouda or other hard cheeses, and as a counterpoint to soft triple creams.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 52% Napa, 40% Sonoma, 7% Mendocino, 1% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 5-November 3
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Fermentation: 26%
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 24,898 (12/750ml)
    • Available Formats: 750ml, 1.5L, 3L, 9L
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 1.01g/100ml
    • p H: 3.07
    • RS: 1.16g/100ml
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2011 Blanc de Blancs has fresh aromas of green apple, pear, grapefruit and lime zest. The fruitful nose is complemented by developed nuances of candied citrus and “fresh-from-the-oven” bread. Generous flavors of grapefruit, lime and pineapple are present in this wine. The palate is crisp on entry with a long, tangy and refreshing acidity. Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies



  • Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2011 – 92 points – Wine Enthusiast

    "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."

  • Blanc de Blancs, North Coast – 2011

    This wine’s aromas of green apple, pear, grapefruit and lime are complemented by candied citrus and fresh-from-the-oven bread. Generous flavors of grapefruit, lime and pineapple are present. The palate is crisp with a long, tangy, refreshing acidity.