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Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

89% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay. County composition: 40% Mendocino, 31% Sonoma, 20% Napa, 9% Marin. The first impression of the 2011 Blanc de Noir showcases the sustained aromas of cherry, strawberry and tangerine, which gradually layers with the fragrance of warm bread dough and toasted almond.The palate is bright on entry, with lush flavors of Rainier cherry, juicy orange and wild berry. The wine boasts a finish with crisp mouthwatering acidity that is long and lingering. Alcohol 11.8%. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast.

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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

89% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay. County composition: 40% Mendocino, 31% Sonoma, 20% Napa, 9% Marin. The first impression of the 2011 Blanc de Noir showcases the sustained aromas of cherry, strawberry and tangerine, which gradually layers with the fragrance of warm bread dough and toasted almond.The palate is bright on entry, with lush flavors of Rainier cherry, juicy orange and wild berry. The wine boasts a finish with crisp mouthwatering acidity that is long and lingering. Alcohol 11.8%. Not yet reviewed; 2010 vintage rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast.

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