Blanc de Noirs
Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the counterpart to Blanc de Blancs (white from white). Made primarily from the red grape
Pinot Noir, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg pioneered the Blanc de Noirs style in the
United States, releasing the first such American sparkler in 1967. The key to producing this complex Blanc de Noirs is our vast
and varied focus on diverse cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Carneros and Anderson Valley combine with fruit from
low-yielding Sonoma and Marin coastal vineyards to develop a sparkling wine with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Select
Chardonnay lots give zest and backbone to the blend.
Making a white wine from a red grape requires great care – hand-picked fruit, early morning harvest, optimal fruit maturity and
delicate pressing. A balance of bright flavors, crisp acidity and minimal tannins is achieved. Barrel and malolactic fermentation
of particular lots add richness and body. Some two years of yeast contact in the bottle harmonizes all the elements together in a
mature, toasty style. The youthful fruit character of the wine will caramelize and soften with additional age in the bottle. With
proper storage, this sparkling wine will be delicious for many years, even a couple of decades to come.
Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs is particularly well-suited to serve with a variety of foods, including soft and nutty cheeses, macadamia
nut-crusted halibut, and pork tenderloin with fresh rosemary and lemon thyme.