Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2001

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 66% Napa County

      24% Mendocino County

      9% Sonoma County

      1% Marin County

  • Vinification

    • 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.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 87% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay

      Alcohol: 12.7%

      TA: 8.4 g/100L

      pH: 2.85

      RS: 1.18%

  • Tasting Notes

    • “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, sweet-and-sour finish.”

      – Hugh Davies, Winemaker