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Schramsberg Napa Blanc de Noirs 2011

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Wine Tasting Notes<br/>Pale in color, with delicate dough, smoke and vanilla notes, but youll find the Pinot Noir in the suggestion of cherries in the aroma, and a red-berry weight in the mouth. This is a beautiful wine, elegant and crisp, filled with balance and harmony and length.

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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

Member Reviews for Schramsberg Napa Blanc de Noirs

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Snooth User: Cherry Blossom
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/20/2008

A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins and a mature, toasty style. The youthful fruit character of the wine will caramelize and soften with additional age in the bottle. With proper storage, this sparkling wine will be delicious for many years, even a couple of decades to come. My favorite. Every time.


Snooth User: hipergas
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 06/27/2008

Beautiful mousse; fine, persistent bubbles on a creamy body. Very round and soft, with a touch of refreshing acidity and some almond and flowery notes.

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  • Snooth User: Randy Hall
    30355117
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2004 06/11/2008

    I tasted this on June 19, 2007. Soft floral nose. Tart finish, light mouthfeel.


    Snooth User: desertfencing
    436866
    5.00 5
    Vintage: 2004 02/16/2008

    Excellent sparkling wine that is light and refreshing. The flavor is complex yet not overpowering. Nice finish.


    Snooth User: jcraig77
    39049329
    4.50 5
    Vintage: 2004 02/22/2010

    One of my favorite sparkling wines.


    Snooth User: PoeticJuggler
    10646321
    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2004 12/15/2008

    Four glasses


    External Reviews for Schramsberg Napa Blanc de Noirs

    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 01/07/2008

    Bright and lovely, this vivacious bubbly can barely contain the berry and candied citrus aromas that soar up from the glass. The exuberant bouquet is perfect preparation for the decadent palate impression, oozing stone fruits and subtle notes of vanilla and cream.


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    Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

    Exceptionally refined in texture, this is a rich, layered sparkler. Based mainly on Pinot Noir, it has full-bodied nectarine, strawberry and jasmine tea flavors, complexed with bread dough and smoky char. But best of all is that texture, pure silk and satin.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 04/09/2008

    One of the finest sparkling wines made in the United States. With its inviting, open-knit quality, its citrus and tropical fruit aromas, and its subtle framework of vanilla and toasty spice notes, this is simply irresistible.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 05/19/2011

    Ripe flavor and full-bodied, with complex pear, fig, cherry, earth and citrus flavors. Offers depth, concentration and lots of pure fruit flavors. Drink now through 2006.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesThis wine is dry and crisp with abundant flavors of lemon, apple, pear and pineapple. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement. With its bright fruit and crisp characters, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years following its initial release.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 08/25/2008

    Floral and spicy, with depth and intensity.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2004 01/17/2009

    Wine Tasting NotesPale in color, with delicate dough, smoke and vanilla notes, but youll find the Pinot Noir in the suggestion of cherries in the aroma, and a red-berry weight in the mouth. This is a beautiful wine, elegant and crisp, filled with balance and harmony and length.


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    Wine Tasting Notes<br/>Pale in color, with delicate dough, smoke and vanilla notes, but youll find the Pinot Noir in the suggestion of cherries in the aroma, and a red-berry weight in the mouth. This is a beautiful wine, elegant and crisp, filled with balance and harmony and length.

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