Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2002

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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

    • Source: 65% Napa County, 28% Mendocino County, 6% 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: 12.4%

      TA: 0.86 g/100ml

      pH: 3.03

      RS: 1.13%

  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2002 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs bursts with a lively bright mixture of peach, strawberry, and candied orange aromas. Honeyed and caramelized characters have gently developed over the course of bottle-aging in our mountain caves. Combining the best qualities of youth and age, the palate shows off vibrant stone fruit flavors with a silky mix of vanilla crème. The quenching finish is extended with full zesty acidity. ”

      Winemakers Hugh Davies and Craig Roemer

      Suggested Food Pairings

      The Blanc de Noirs is especially appealing with salmon, sea bass, lighter meats such as veal, duck and pork tenderloin, caviar, risotto with chanterelles and vegetables, or with cheese fondue.