2020 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage

Proprietary Blend - 750ML
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WS 90
WS 90

Wine Spectator, December 2023

Handsomely structured, with appealing apple and citrus flavors highlighted by yeast roll and spice notes. Expands on the polished finish. Drink now. - TF


Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Proprietary Blend
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2020
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 12.5%
Closure Cork

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.

The 2020 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage is a remarkable white wine that showcases the exceptional craftsmanship of the renowned Schramsberg winery in California's North Coast region. This exquisite wine is a blend of proprietary grapes that have been carefully cultivated and harvested during the 2020 vintage, resulting in a truly exceptional expression of California winemaking.

In the glass, this Blanc de Blancs Vintage displays a radiant golden hue that shimmers with brilliance, inviting you to take a closer look. The aromas that waft from the glass are nothing short of enchanting. Delicate notes of ripe apples and citrus fruits greet the nose, intertwining with the alluring scents of freshly baked yeast rolls and a hint of spice. These aromatics promise a wine of complexity and depth.

On the palate, the 2020 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage delivers on its aromatic promises. The flavors of crisp apple and vibrant citrus take center stage, offering a refreshing and invigorating taste experience. As the wine unfolds, the yeast roll and spice notes emerge, adding layers of complexity and intrigue. The mouthfeel is impeccably structured, with a fine balance of acidity and creaminess that adds to the wine's overall appeal.

The finish of this Blanc de Blancs Vintage is polished and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression on the palate. While this wine is certainly enjoyable now, it also has the potential for further development with age. However, there's no need to wait to indulge in this exceptional offering from Schramsberg.

The 2020 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Vintage has been awarded an impressive score of 90 by Wine Spectator. This accolade is a testament to the wine's outstanding quality and its ability to captivate the senses. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply seeking a wine to elevate your everyday moments, this Blanc de Blancs Vintage is a superb choice that will leave a lasting impression.