2008 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage
Proprietary Blend - 750ML

  • WE 94
  • CG 91
  • WS 91

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
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... 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. Drink over the next six years.- S.H.
CG 91
Connoisseurs' Guide - Connoisseur's Guide, November 2011
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... 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.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2011
Sleek and vibrant with floral apple and lemon aromas and crisp complex flavors of pear and yeasty cinnamon that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2015. -TF
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2008

Winery

Schramsberg

Schramsberg Vineyards is a family-owned Calistoga winery founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram, a German immigrant who was one of the early winemakers in Napa. He planted vineyards and built hillside caves and cellars to store and age wines. The property gained significant attention and prospered through the end of the 19th century.

After Jacob’s death, the property was sold and changed hands several times. It was not used as a vineyard for many years and fell into neglect.

In 1965, after a yearlong search, Jack and Jamie Davies discovered the run-down winery and the tangled remains of once stately gardens and underground cellars. The historic Schramsberg property (declared a Historical Monument in 1957) had been abandoned for years but the Davies took up the challenge and decided Schramsberg would be brought back to life. They restored the estate and set out to produce the finest and most complex hand-crafted sparkling wines in California made in the true champagne method style.

Schramsberg sparkling wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes grown in a broad array of cool-climate North Coast vineyards located in Napa, Mendocino, Sonoma and Marin counties. The winemakers draw from more than 110 individual vineyard sites to create over 250 base wines which are then artfully blended to create Schramsberg’s 12-14 distinctive sparkling wines each year.

Most of Schramsberg’s viticultural and winemaking practices are carried out by hand, and the winery ferments 25% of its juice in oak barrels to produce a richer, more luscious style. They have also developed a library of reserve base wines that are barrel aged for up to 10 years to provide additional refinement and complexity to the finished products.