Schramsberg Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2017

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  • Introduction

    • Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made primarily from the red grape Pinot Noir, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Vineyards pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the United States, producing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this Blanc de Noirs is our sourcing of Pinot Noir grapes from a vast and varied selection of cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Carneros and Anderson Valley combine with fruit from low-yielding Sonoma and Marin coastal vineyards to develop a sparkling wine with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Select Chardonnay lots give zest and backbone to the blend.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Appellation: North Coast
    • County Composition: 53% Sonoma, 20% Mendocino, 18% Napa, 9% Marin
  • Vintage Report

    • For the 2017 vintage, abundant winter rains prior to the growing season helped recharge reservoirs and groundwater. Spring weather was cool to mild, with increased vine vigor and extended flowering in some areas. After a summer of heat spikes, harvest started in the beginning of August. Warm days and cool nights throughout harvest encouraged exceptional fruit development while maintaining bright acidity.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 8 - September 9, 2017
  • Vinification

    • Making a white wine from a red grape requires great care—hand-picked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit maturity and delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins is achieved. Barrel and malolactic fermentation of wine lots add richness and body. Yeast contact in the bottle harmonizes all the elements together in a mature, toasty style. The youthful fruit character of the wine will develop and soften with additional age in the bottle. With proper storage, this sparkling wine will be delicious for many years, even decades to come.

    • Barrel Fermentation: 30%
    • Disgorged: October 2019 - July 2020
  • Technical Information

    • 53% Sonoma, 20% Mendocino, 18% Napa, 9% Marin

    • Varietal Composition: 83% Pinot Noir, 17% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 7,990
    • Alcohol: 12.8%
    • TA: 8.2 g/L
    • p H: 3.16
    • RS: 9.0 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2017 Blanc de Noirs has generous aromas of Honeycrisp apple, apricot, white peach and candied ginger. Its vibrant and fresh nose is complemented by notes of orange zest, honey and sugar cookie. On the palate, there are juicy flavors of Asian pear, pineapple, white grapefruit and honeysuckle, with soft touches of meringue cookie, cinnamon and toasted almond. The quenching long finish is fresh, with a bright clean acidity.” – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

    • Serving Suggestions: Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs is particularly well-suited to serve with a variety of foods, including soft and nutty cheeses, macadamia nut-crusted halibut and pork tenderloin with fresh rosemary and lemon thyme.



  • Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2017 – Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points

    Only a hint of pink in the straw color of this wine gives a clue that it’s made from dark grapes. A tempting, toasty, doughy aroma leads to a rich blend of fruity and savory flavors, all backed by lively acidity and a long-lasting stream of fine bubbles.

  • Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Noirs, North Coast – 2017 – Tasting Panel – 93 Points

    It’s a lovely, medium-bodied brut with aromas of late-spring fruit; fresh and succulent apricot and crisp apple with a spark of gingerbread. The perfume continues as honeyed tropical fruits and Asian pear chime in on the palate.