2009 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling

SKU #1095260 91 points 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.  (12/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Elegant and sleekly styled, showing appealing aromas of green apple and almond brioche, with focused, layered flavors of lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger. Drink now through 2015.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "The Davies family has long had a particular fondness for its Blanc de Blancs, ever since Nixon brought it to China in 1972. This latest, from Napa, Sonoma and Marin grapes, is marked by both opulence and great brightness. Brioche, bay leaf, river stones, and lemon oil - the quintessence of a Chardonnay-based sparkling wine." This cuvee of 100% Chardonnay was sourced from 69% Napa, 27% Sonoma, and 4% Marin counties. The style is dry and vibrant, with small lots of barrel-fermented base wines added for complexity. The wine is bottle-fermented for over two years before being disgorged, and is capable of aging for further years in the cellar. A profile of green apple and tropical fruits are rounded out by flavors of brioche and stonefruit. Creamy minerality and mouthwatering acid drive the finish.

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mācon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7