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Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast 2013

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85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. County composition: 39% Mendocino, 26% Sonoma, 23% Napa, 12% Marin. The 2013 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and caramel, which gradually layer with fragrances of fresh baked bread. Lush flavors coat the palate with candied grapefruit, lemongrass, marzipan and a hint of orange zest. This sparkling wine delivers a clean, lingering finish. Alcohol 12.7%. Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 93 points and 'Editors' Choice' 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

Editorial Reviews for Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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Vintage: 2009 12/26/2012

Simple but precise nose of lime, yeast and white mushroom. A fine mousse greets the palate delivering a lovely version of the nose, rich with sweet lime juice, gentle yeasty notes that hint at white mushroom and some subtle pale honey notes. There’s a nice hint of minerality on the back end that drive the moderately long finish. This is really lovely and precise. 90pts


External Reviews for Schramsberg Brut Blanc de Noirs North Coast

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Vintage: 2009 03/21/2014

A little scoury but delicious with ripe strawberry raspberry and orange-preserve flavors. Mostly Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay it shows fine acidity and a Champagne-like yeastiness. Drink now. - S.H. Wine Enthusiast.


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Vintage: 2009 04/18/2013

Elegant and sleekly styled, showing appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, with focused, layered flavors of lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 04/18/2013

Made from 100% Chardonnay, this bubbly shows Schramsberg’s ease of producing rich, clean and elegant sparkling wines. It’s delicious now in vanilla, yeast, lime and Asian pear flavors, with some sweetness from the dosage, but try giving it 5–6 years in the cellar.


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Vintage: 2009 11/15/2012

Offers bright aromas of fresh green apple and juicy pineapple, complemented by yeasty sweet bread dough. The aromas lead into an expressive and generous taste of white stone fruit, apple, pear and tart grapefruit. An undertone of salty minerality and a complex creamy palate are supported to the end with a mouthwatering acidity.


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Vintage: 2009 01/03/2013

Elegant and sleekly styled, showing appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, with focused, layered flavors of lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger. Drink now through 2015. -TF Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2009 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage 750ml


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Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

A little scoury but delicious with ripe strawberry raspberry and orange-preserve flavors. Mostly Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay it shows fine acidity and a Champagne-like yeastiness. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 06/20/2014

Balances richness with delicacy offering aromas of cinnamon pear and fresh ginger that lead to focused flavors of Meyer lemon cherry and creamy vanilla spice. Drink now.



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85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay. County composition: 39% Mendocino, 26% Sonoma, 23% Napa, 12% Marin. The 2013 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and caramel, which gradually layer with fragrances of fresh baked bread. Lush flavors coat the palate with candied grapefruit, lemongrass, marzipan and a hint of orange zest. This sparkling wine delivers a clean, lingering finish. Alcohol 12.7%. Not yet reviewed; 2012 vintage rated 93 points and 'Editors' Choice' by Wine Enthusiast.

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