Reviews : BLANC DE BLANCS

2012

92 points / 2012 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Advocate
"One of my favorite cuvées, and it's their largest and most successful commercial cuvée, 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 ." (December 2015)

93 points / 2012 Blanc de Blancs - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
"Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs bottlings seem to always evoke a little more richness than most even as they remain true to the lighter imperatives of the category and this one does so once again here. The wine is nicely autolyzed but not aggressively yeasty and shows genuine sophistication and a wonderful sense of poise at every stop with a brightening bit of
citrus set against a gentle, carefully matched touch of toast. It will make memorable drinking with tangy finger foods, but we cannot help thinking of fresh, briny oysters when sipping this
altogether classic offering ." (November 2015)

90 points / 2012 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast
"One of Schramsberg’s younger releases,
and made from all white grapes, this wine
has tantalizing aromas of vanilla, apple and light
toast that lead to layered and creamy flavors. A nice
brisk balance with good acidity underlies the spice
and fruit.." (April 2016)

90 points / 2012 Blanc de Blancs -The Tasting Panel
"Crisp, clean and racy with tangy citrus, good blanace and a long, lively finish." (September 2015)

2011

92 points / 2011 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast
"Bracing and bright, this shows definite Chardonnay characteristics, such as a buttery, apple pie aroma and vivid crisp apple and lemon flavors. Nothing is overblown, though, so it retains finesse. This will be great as an apéritif and even better with seafood after sitting down at the table ." (December 2014)

92 points / 2011 Blanc de Blancs - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
"A bit of fresh, green apple fruit underlies true-to-type Blanc de Blancs elements of minerals and chalk in the delicate, lightly yeasty aromas of this lively young sparkler, and the wine delivers as promised in the mouth with sleek and fairly elegant flavors that show an extra measure of richness. It is long on aggressive, pinpointy bubbles and finishes briskly with a lift of palate-cleansing acidity, and it will do double duty as a whistle-wetting aperitif or a refreshing companion to oysters and sundry shellfish recipes." (Novemeber 2014)

2010

91 points / 2010 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Spectator Online
"Enticing aromas of Asian pear and spiced cinnamon lead to rich, layered flavors of lemon curd, mineral and fresh almond." (September 16, 2013)

90 points / 2010 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast
"Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkling wine is absolutely delicious to drink now. It has vanilla, cream, lemon, lime and yeast flavors, accented with crisp acidity, and the bubbly mousse is soft and fine." (November 2013)

90 points / 2010 Blanc de Blancs - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
"Pronounced yeastiness trumps any Blanc de Blancs delicacy in the complex, aggressively toasty, faintly soy-like nose of this wine, yet it is easy enough to taste past its fully autolyzed aspects and still find a bit of green-apple freshness at its heart. It is lithe and well-balanced with a wealth of incessant and wonderfully small bubbles, and, if it plays more to richness more than most of its close kin, it is by all measures a significant Blanc de Blancs." (November 2013)

2009

91 points / 2009 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast
"Made from 100% Chardonnay, this bubbly shows Schramsberg’s ease of producing rich, clean and elegant sparkling wines. It’s delicious now in vanilla, yeast, lime and Asian pear flavors, with some sweetness from the dosage, but try giving it 5–6 years in the cellar." (December 2012)

91 points / 2009 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Spectator Insider
"Elegant and sleekly styled, with appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, featuring focused, layered flavors lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger." (November 14, 2012)

90 points / 2009 Blanc de Blancs - Ken's Wine Guide
"This light straw colored Sparkler consistently performs very well with our panel. It opens with a mild bread dough bouquet with hints of grapefruit and lemon. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, a touch acidic and slightly effervescent. The flavor profile is a slightly tart green apple with hints of white pepper, mild grapefruit, and some nicely integrated minerality. The finish is very dry and its flavors linger for a while. The panel suggested serving this very nice sparkler with appetizers like bacon wrapped scallops or caviar.."
(November 2012)

2008

94 points - Editor's Choice / 2008 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Enthusiast
"Made from 100% Chardonnay grown mostly in Napa and Sonoma counties, this charming bubbly is one of the best blanc de blancs on the market. It’s rich and honeyed and feels so good in the mouth, carrying flavors of oranges, sweet limes, Meyer lemons, vanilla and toasty bread." (December 1, 2011)

91 points / 2008 Blanc de Blancs - Wine Spectator Insider
"Sleek and vibrant, with floral apple and lemon aromas and crisp, complex flavors of pear and yeasty cinnamon that linger toward the minerally finish." (October 19, 2011)

91 points / 2008 Blanc de Blancs - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
"A bit broader and richer than the classic model might commend, the 2008 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs is a deep and layered sparkler that exhibits a biscuity complexity suggestive of a lengthy tirage and more time in the bottle than could possibly be the case here. Albeit a somewhat different look at the genre, it is an involving one that earns high marks and enthusiastic endorsement for its ongoing richness and involving depth." (November 2011)

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