2012 Blanc de Noirs (1 x 750 ml)

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Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made primarily from the red grape Pinot Noir, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the United States, releasing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this complex Blanc de Noirs is our vast and varied focus on diverse cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Carneros and Anderson Valley combine with fruit from low-yielding Sonoma and Marin coastal vineyards to develop a sparkling wine with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Select Chardonnay lots give zest and backbone to the blend.

Making a white wine from a red grape requires great care – hand-picked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit maturity and delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins is achieved. Barrel and malolactic fermentation of particular wine lots add richness and body. Yeast contact in the bottle harmonizes all the elements together in a mature, toasty style. The youthful fruit character of the wine will develop 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.

Tasting notes

The 2012 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of yellow peach, fresh orange zest, cantaloupe, and citrus blossom, which gradually layers with fragrances of warm apple dumpling and crème anglaise. Lush flavors coat the palate with tangerine, Santa Rosa plum, candied ginger and a hint of French flan. This sparkling wine delivers a clean, lingering finish with crisp mouthwatering.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points - Editor's Choice
A very light-colored wine made from dark grapes, this is a detailed and multilayered beauty. Fresh ginger, cinnamon and brioche aromas lead to an elegant texture and vivid fruit flavors like white cherry and raspberry that energize the palate and linger long on the finish.- Wine Enthusiast (November 2016)
90 Points
Rich and elegant, with floral strawberry and pear aromas and crisp yet plush flavors of yeast roll, fresh ginger and spice.- Wine Spectator (Online 2016)
90 Points
Mildly creamy yeast is met by energetic fruit in both the nicely autolyzed aromas and flavors of this lively, fairly youthful and complete Blanc de Noirs, and, if the wine comes across as being slightly juicy, it does not cheat to sweetness and is buoyed by plenty of cleansing acidity. It is an altogether tasty sparkler at the moment, but it is balanced to last and has the potential to improve in the bottle for another two or three years.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (October 2016)

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