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Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs North Coast Sparkling Chardonnay Napa 2003

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Notes on the Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs California 2003 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Alluring aromas of tropical fruit and subtle hints of roasted pecans. On the palate, it has citrus characteristics and baked apple and ripe pear flavors that lead to a long, vibrant finish. It is crisp and refreshing in the Schramsberg tradition.SCHRAMSBERG BLANC DE BLANCS CALIFORNIA 2003

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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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Member Reviews for Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs North Coast Sparkling Chardonnay Napa

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Snooth User: Randy Hall
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3.50 5
06/11/2008

I tasted this wine on June 19, 2007. I'm not one that normally goes for sparkling wine. However, I found that Schramsberg's product was particularly good. Later in 2007, I was fortunate to get an extensive tour of the Schramsberg winery and caves. Highly recommended. The notes on this wine were sparse, but here goes: Nose of classic Chardonnay, not yeasty, but fresh smelling, with a tiny bit of oak. Flavor was neutral, tart, less crisp than their 2004 Blanc de Noir. Clean and not over-oaked.


Snooth User: Charleen
3153450
4.50 5
09/14/2007

lemon-lime and tropical aromas combine with hints of vanilla spice


Snooth User: kteddy
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4.00 5
12/27/2008

A great value for a classy bubbly. Lovely salmon color, medium-bodied and crisp, toasty finish. A favorite.


Snooth User: PoeticJuggler
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5.00 5
12/15/2008

Five glasses


External Reviews for Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs North Coast Sparkling Chardonnay Napa

External Review
06/27/2007

Long considered one of the finest sparkling wines made in the United States.



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Notes on the Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs California 2003 : WINEMAKER NOTES: Alluring aromas of tropical fruit and subtle hints of roasted pecans. On the palate, it has citrus characteristics and baked apple and ripe pear flavors that lead to a long, vibrant finish. It is crisp and refreshing in the Schramsberg tradition.SCHRAMSBERG BLANC DE BLANCS CALIFORNIA 2003

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