2005 Schramsberg Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine
92 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Yet another sparkling success from Schramsberg, it joins the cast of Pinot Noir based bottlings setting the pace among the winery's current releases. This one is full of brisk, slightly steely fruit and lightly toasty, yeast autolysis character, and like its mates is impeccably and insistently bubbled. It will be delightful as a pre-prepandial aperitif yet has the depth to stand up to light first courses." (November 2008) From the pioneers of Blanc de Noirs style sparklers in the U.S. (they released the first such bubbly in 1967), Schramsberg's BdN keeps getting better. Made from pinot noir from the cool Carneros and Anderson Valley appellations combined with fruit from low-yield Sonoma and Marin coastal vineayards, this is a lovely, complex sparkler with peach and almond notes lifted by subtle hints of raspberry on the nose. Gooseberry, mandarin and sweet ginger flavors linger on the luscious mid-palate, with lots of bright acidity and an elegant finish.