(2013 Vintage) As Schramsberg proudly states, they pioneered Blanc de Noirs style sparking wine in the United States releasing the first of its kind in 1967. It is made up primarily of Pinot Noir grapes from a diversity of cool climate vineyards in Carneros, Mendocino's Anderson Valley and Marin and Sonoma coasts. There is also actually a small portion of Chardonnay grapes as well that add a nice bit of acidity. The wine went through barrel and malolactic fermentation which adds body and richness. Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies describe the final wine as follows, "The 2013 Blanc de Noirs expresses generous aromas of pear, peach, apricot, and caramel, which gradually layer with fragrances of fresh baked bread. Lush flavors coat the palate with candied grapefruit, lemongrass, marzipan and a hint of orange zest. This sparkling wine delivers a clean, lingering finish."
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/15/01