Blanc de Blancs delivers aromas of key lime, freshly cut green apple and honeydew melon, followed by just a hint of pineapple. The palate is layered with flavors of citrus, ripe pear, dried pineapple and baked apple pie. This Chardonnay sparkler finishes with lingering and balanced acidity.
Wine Advocate 92 points - One of my favorite cuvees, and it’s their largest and most successful commercial cuvee, is their 2012 Blanc de Blancs. This is 100% Chardonnay, dry with about 15% barrel-fermented. This is a killer effort and it’s my go-to sparkling wine when I’m at restaurants since it’s always available at a fair price. The 2012 shows loads of orange blossom notes, crisp green apple notes, a touch of caramelized grapefruit in a gorgeously fresh, medium-bodied, concentrated and delicious sparkling wine with tiny, pinpoint bubbles and a long, zesty finish. The Davies family thinks this can last 20 years, but for most readers, they might prefer to drink it upon release and over the following 4-5 years. This was first made when the winery debuted its early sparkling wines in 1965.
In 1862 Jacob Schram founded Schramsberg. Later on, in 1965 the property was bought by the Davis family. The Davies had an ambition to make wine, but not just any wine. They were setting out to produce America's most prestigious, select and admired sparkling wine. Through the decades, this spirit of innovation has earned Schramsberg and the Davies praise and recognition throughout the world.
winemaking process 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 two years prior to disgorgement.
vineyard characteristics 60% Napa, 22% Mendocino, 15% Sonoma, 3% Marin.
|Our Blanc de Blancs received world recognition in 1972 when it was served for the "Toast to Peace” in
Beijing between President Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai. It has since been served by our Presidents
at home and abroad on countless occasions. The 1989 vintage won a Gold Medal at the Pacific Rim
Wine Competition in Hong Kong and the 1994 vintage was awarded "Best of Show” by the Quarterly
Review of Wines. The 1998 vintage won silver medals at the Orange County Fair, the Grand Harvest
Awards and the Orange county Wine Competition.
|While this wine can be enjoyed by itself as an apéritif, it is also perfect with fresh oysters and other shellfish, crab cakes, ceviche and grilled sea bass. It is also delicious with lemon chicken and Thai curries. Serve with aged Gouda or other hard cheeses and as a counterpoint to soft triple creams.
|In 1862, German immigrants Jacob and Annie Schram established Schramsberg as the
first winery with vineyards planted on the hillsides of the Napa Valley. With the help of
Chinese laborers, vineyards replaced scrub oak, and a network of underground caves
was tunneled into the soft, volcanic rock.
In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies assumed stewardship of the winery with the mission to
produce America's first méthode champenoise sparkling wines, using the noble grapes
of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the classic, old-world tradition. Each vineyard would be
vinified separately to create small, individual lots of base wine, then painstakingly
selected and handcrafted into America's artisan sparkling wines.
The spark that ignited the American sparkling wine industry in 1965 continues to burn in
the second generation of the Davies family to helm the winery. Today Hugh Davies,
winemaker and general manager of Schramsberg, is devoted to carrying on his parent's
vision: to create America's premier sparkling wines. Our winemaker's passion for
constant refinement of vineyard sources and winemaking techniques is captured in each
bottle. The resulting refinements to our original vision are evident each year in our new
We invite you to share in this American tradition by enjoying our proudly
crafted sparkling wines.