Overview of the Wine
For over 50 years, Schramsberg Vineyards has been committed to crafting extraordinary sparkling wines. Living and working on the Napa Valley Diamond Mountain property, the Davies family and Schramsberg team have focused on creating wines that reflect the passion and experience of the people behind each bottle.
In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies founded Schramsberg and set out to make world-class sparkling wine in the true méthode traditionelle style on the property originally established in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram. Theirs was the first California winery to provide a Blanc de Blancs in 1965 followed by a Blanc de Noirs in 1967. Quality focus drives all aspects of wine production starting with access to over 120 cool-climate sites in Napa, Marin, Mendocino and Sonoma. Now their son, Hugh Davies, leads the winery’s management and winemaking team.
• Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition in 1972 when President Nixon served it at the historic “Toast to Peace” in China
• Blanc de Blancs was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America’s first commercially produced Chardonnay-based, vintage-dated brut sparkling wine
• Blanc de Blancs means white wine from white grapes, in this case Chardonnay grapes
North Coast, California
The Schramsberg style of Blanc de Blancs is dry and crisp featuring apple, pear and citrus character.Blends utilize barrel-fermented lots and older, reserve lots to add complexity and richness. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for almost two years prior to disgorgement.
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.
94 Points - Tasting Panel
“Fresh and juicy with the bright acidity expected of a Blanc de Blancs but with the addition of a lovely roundness and richness of fruit; lively, complete and elegant, lush and long.”
– Anthony Dias Blue, September 2020
Product size: 375ml