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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 42 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerSchramsberg Vineyards (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBlanc de Noirs Brut
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCalifornia
OptionsShow neither variety nor appellation
UPC Code(s)019855122003

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2014 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 96 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jonahfactor on 11/26/2015: A festive sparkler, served prior to Thanksgiving dinner. Fine grain pinpoint beads and a generous mousse. Zesty citrus and bright apples on the tongue, with yeasty baked bread in the back palate. (211 views)
 Tasted by DSimmons on 10/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Had a difficult time removing cork but once accomplished this was a delicious bottle of bubbly. Fresh with citrus. (542 views)
 Tasted by prasm on 12/31/2013 & rated 90 points: New Years Eve toast. Nose: Pear, green apple, and buttered bread. Palate: Nice sweet citrus attack, minerals offset sweetness nicely. Finish: Medium-plus length, dominated by citrus flavors. (1836 views)
 Tasted by eschaefer on 12/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Very good and easy to drink. Slightly Tart like lemon curd but balanced out well with nuttiness and a light scent of baked bread. Good acidity and freshness. Schramsberg shows, even in one if their 'basic' sparkling wines, why they are the choice at state/White House dinners. Recommended. (1805 views)
 Tasted by RMapou on 6/26/2013 & rated 85 points: Nice, but I tasted very slight oxidation, suggesting that remaining bottles should be drunk. (2206 views)
 Tasted by canan on 7/19/2012 & rated 91 points: Fresh nose with pee and green apple and some freshly baked bread. Also some lemon-water.
The palate is like a sweet yellow lemon soda. Quite sweet but slightly bitter mid-palate. Fairly short aftertaste with some acidity that adds some balance.
Initially, the guess would be a "real" Champagne but after some time it get a little flabby and overly sweet that destroys the overall impression
However, not a bad effort. (3096 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 7/1/2012 & rated 91 points: Well chilled. Beutiful example of BdN sparkler. Great fruit, fresh, med body, super nice balance. Nothing off. Great value $24 (2277 views)
 Tasted by elconde on 5/22/2012 & rated 87 points: Very yeasty nose, and a pierogi taste. (1229 views)
 Tasted by elconde on 5/12/2012 & rated 88 points: Aroma and taste of cheese boureakas. It's not often you drink a sparkling pinot noir, and I was looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint. (1173 views)
 Tasted by lockestep on 4/23/2012 & rated 90 points: Salmon in color, medium body, fragrant, long finish. Easy to drink, yet matched well with a cheese and dried meats plate -- managed to hold up and cleanse the palate of some strongly flavored items. (1989 views)
 Tasted by Dave Canada on 4/6/2012 & rated 91 points: Similar to other bottles (1408 views)
 Tasted by Dave Canada on 3/14/2012 & rated 91 points: Fine bubbles with really nice persistence and speed
Nose has beautiful autolytic notes....brioche, fresh bread coupled with lemon and mineral notes
Palate is medium bodied with creamy mousse. Flavours ripe apple, biscuit, dough, lemon and slate are nicely integrated.
Finish is medium in length and shows good integration but is not as complex as the palate.
Nice sparkler. Well made (1488 views)
 Tasted by burgundybrooks on 2/25/2012 & rated 90 points: pale straw color, tiny bubbles. taste: acidity balance with yeast, nutty, pear. (1260 views)
 Tasted by xtrmjoe on 2/14/2012 & rated 92 points: My system (nose mouth finish) ++/, Big rich, yeasty, citrus. Had with chicken at river ranch in Tahoe. YUM! (1308 views)
 Tasted by Headless on 12/31/2011 & rated 91 points: Perfect to break through New Year's Eve! Festive, delicious and really expressive. Other previous notes describe this better than I could right now! ;-) (1123 views)
 Tasted by Headless on 12/25/2011 flawed bottle: Slightly corked, but enough to make me not want to drink it. (1062 views)
 Tasted by Dave Canada on 10/31/2011 & rated 91 points: Awesome......toasted spice, autolytic notes and citrus with a full palate and lingering finish (1470 views)
 Tasted by Sniffy-Sniff on 10/4/2011 & rated 91 points: One of our favorite sparklers. Fresh, crisp, elegant. (2740 views)
 Tasted by DruStemm on 9/27/2011 & rated 88 points: Bouquet: Burnt sugar, lemon, pie crust. Palate: Fresh tomato, mild tang, great bubbles, simple sugars. (2752 views)
 Tasted by Headless on 9/24/2011 & rated 92 points: Yeasty, cinnamonny nose of pure goodness. This bottle just speaks to me every time. I tried to age them, but they seem to open themselves all the time! (1257 views)
 Tasted by oog on 9/11/2011 & rated 91 points: Consistent with other notes, still drinking really well. (1261 views)
 Tasted by Grenik on 9/3/2011 & rated 90 points: tasted non-blind at a Trump wine event. Fine flowers on the nose with citrus notes. Good acidity with a nice crisp finish. Peach, pear, and a little lemon. (2410 views)
 Tasted by leonardo_de_araujo on 8/13/2011 & rated 89 points: White flowers, cotton candy, citric fruits.
Good acidity.
Residual sugar.
Good but pricie (1453 views)
 Tasted by Headless on 7/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Simply delicious. Granny smith apples, toasted bread and gooseberries on the nose. On the palate this is rich, unctuous and ladden with fruit. Awesome sparkly. (1230 views)
 Tasted by dalemosier on 7/5/2011 & rated 91 points: outstanding, full bodied, yet taste of apples, citrus came through nicely. Special sparkling for celebration (2196 views)
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Schramsberg Vineyards

Producer website

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

 
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