Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut 2001

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The wine is dry, firm and crisp. Abundant flavors recall lemon, apple, pear and ripe melon. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The cuvée, which is aged on the yeast about three years, maintains freshness on the palate and a crisp clean finish. Blanc de Blancs will improve with further bottle age for several years following release.

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Schramsberg Vineyards Company:
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davi... Read more
Schramsberg was originally established by Jacob Schram in 1862. The hillside vineyards reminded him of those used to grow Riesling in his native Germany, and he bought the land and began his wine-making business (he had been a barber by trade). Eventually the family sold the property, and nothing much of note really happened to it until Jack and Jamie Davies bought the land in 1965. The Davies' were specifically interested in making sparkling wines, but only discovered after moving onto the land that the hot Calistoga hillsides (Calistoga is typically 5 to 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the Napa Valley) were not particularly hospitable to the two grapes essential to champagne, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. They set about finding suppliers in other parts of the valley, and produced their first sparkling vintage in 1965. Widespread fame came in 1972, when President Nixon used the 1969 in his toast to China. Schramsberg has been the official sparkling wine of U.S. presidents ever since. Read less
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Snooth User: PoeticJuggler
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3.50 5
12/15/2008

Three and a half glasses



The wine is dry, firm and crisp. Abundant flavors recall lemon, apple, pear and ripe melon. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The cuvée, which is aged on the yeast about three years, maintains freshness on the palate and a crisp clean finish. Blanc de Blancs will improve with further bottle age for several years following release.

Closure: Cork

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 12.5%

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