2010 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling (Previously $30)
Enticing aromas of Asian pear and spiced cinnamon lead to rich, layered flavors of lemon curd, mineral and fresh almond.
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.
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.
Did you know? That Schramsberg's Blanc de Blancs was America's first commercially produced, Chardonnay-based Brut sparkling wine? And that the Blanc de Blancs gained international recognition when it was served at President Nixon's historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China, in 1972? And did you know, Schramsberg sparkling wines are still aged in Jacob Schram's hand-chiseled and black, diaphanous lichen-lined caves in the hills above Calistoga, and hand-riddled? The more you know, the more you realize what a great value this dependable North Coast sparkling wine is. 60% Napa, 37% Sonoma, 2% Marin, 1% Mendocino.