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  • Country ranking ?

    512
  • Producer ranking ?

    10
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    2020-2025

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Blanc de Blancs (white from white) made from Chardonnay is the counterpart to the Blanc de Noirs (white from black), made from Pinot Noir. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced, Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when then President Nixon served the wine at the historic “Toast to Peace” in Beijing, China.

The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp. 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. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release.

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.

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TASTING NOTES

“The 2009 Blanc de Blancs 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.”

– Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

County Composition: 69% Napa, 27% Sonoma, 4% Marin

Appellation: North Coast

Harvest Dates: August 21 - October 12, 2009

Barrel Fermentation: 29%

Alcohol: 12.7%

TA: 0.91g/100mL

pH: 3.10

RS: 1.2 g/100mL

Release Date: February 15, 2012

Cases Produced: 25,881 (9-Liter)

Suggested Retail: $37 (750ml)

Available Formats: 375mL, 750mL, 1.5L, 3L, 9L

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Origin

Calistoga, Napa Valley
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