Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2003

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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.

      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. Over two years of yeast contact in the bottle knits all the elements together in a mature, toasty style.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Source: 49% Napa County, 35% Mendocino County, 16% Sonoma County

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay

      Alcohol: 12.6%

      TA: 0.84 g/100ml

      pH: 2.96

      RS: 1.13%

  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2003 Blanc de Noirs bursts with a bright aromatic mixture of white peach, star fruit, toasted coconut and just roasted almonds. With age, its character will evolve with baked fruit and caramelized pastry tones. On the palate, it is smooth and polished while also zesty and quenching. It tastes of nectarines, peaches, white cherries and really captures the beauty of just ripened fruit. This wine has a great balance between acidity and fruit that will gain pleasing complexity over the course of time.”

      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.