Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Label
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Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020

12.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2020
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Wine Description

Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020 is a remarkable sparkling wine that epitomizes the excellence of Schramsberg Vineyards. Crafted by renowned winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga, and Hugh Davies, this Chardonnay-based brut sparkling wine showcases the winery’s longstanding commitment to quality and innovation.

The 2020 Blanc de Blancs opens with an enchanting bouquet, emanating enticing aromas of Granny Smith apple, tangerine, and lemon-lime. These vibrant citrus notes intertwine harmoniously with layers of apple custard and apple tart, creating a tantalizing olfactory experience.

On the palate, this sparkling wine reveals flavors that captivate the senses. Fresh grapefruit, white peach, and golden apple take center stage, providing a luscious and fruit-forward foundation. Subtle hints of ginger and vanilla chiffon add depth and complexity, elevating the wine’s profile and inviting further exploration.

True to the Schramsberg style, the Blanc de Blancs 2020 boasts a crisp and refreshing finish that leaves a mouthwatering sensation. Its vibrant acidity and refined structure are testaments to the wine’s meticulous craftsmanship. With each sip, the wine exudes elegance and sophistication, exemplifying the excellence that has become synonymous with Schramsberg.

This sparkling wine is a versatile companion for a variety of occasions. While it can be enjoyed on its own as an apéritif, it truly shines when paired with culinary delights. Fresh oysters, delicate shellfish, and succulent crab cakes will find their perfect match in the Blanc de Blancs. Its bright acidity also complements the vibrant flavors of ceviche and grilled sea bass, while dishes such as lemon chicken and Thai curries provide an excellent contrast.

The 2020 growing season posed its challenges, with a dry winter and sporadic heat spells. However, the dedicated team at Schramsberg Vineyards overcame these obstacles to produce a truly exceptional sparkling wine. The result is a bottle that encapsulates the essence of the North Coast appellation and showcases the unique character of the region.

With its alluring aromas, delectable flavors, and exquisite finish, Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020 promises to delight both connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of sparkling wine.

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Weight 3.50 lbs

Reviews (50)

50 reviews for Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020

  1. Sara Bonebright

    Decent, not preferred.

  2. William Morrison

    Delicious and fruit-forward sparkling wine with apple, lemon, and hazelnut flavors. Light-bodied and dry with a creamy mousse and a lengthy finish. 100% Chardonnay sourced from Napa, Sonoma, and Marin. Aged for less than 2 years. 12% abv, priced at $41.

  3. Gerald Helms

    Fantastic! Crisp, clean, and delicious. Tastes amazing.

  4. Andrea Coleman

    Delightful notes of apples, pears, and creamy brioche. Improved on the 2nd day. Wonderful.

  5. Deborah Hooper

    This wine is superb. It bursts with freshness and intensity, showcasing flavors of green apples, lime citrus, loquats, and fresh-baked bread. Its smooth texture, minerality, and vibrant acidity make it a delightful treat. It’s already amazing, and there’s room for it to get even better.

  6. Sherri Gass

    Mediocre, lacking appeal with slight acidity.

  7. William Talbot

    Vibrant and refreshing, reminiscent of my last bottle on Nov 2nd. Notes of green apples, limes, loquats, and fresh-baked bread. Smooth, textured, with lively bubbles and a hint of sea spray. Delightful to drink now, and perfect for aging.

  8. Pauline Cunningham

    Deliciously creamy with notes of green apples, honey, and a pleasant acidity.

  9. Fernando Norman

    Balanced with rich acidity. Notes of apples, lime, and fresh bread. Long finish, slightly extravagant.

  10. Marylou Major

    Lively acidity, Asian pear essence.

  11. Melissa Arnold

    Delightful blend of fruit and floral flavors. Perfectly complemented sweet and pungent chicken on Christmas Eve. Unexpectedly delightful!

  12. Robert Mitchell

    Dry with a strong yeast aroma, nice bread notes.

  13. Harrison Mcintosh

    Lively lemon aroma, vibrant acidity, delicate citrus taste. Perfect aperitif. Excellent choice for beginners.

  14. Douglas Mascagni

    Decent value, lacks complexity of Champagne with less refined bubbles.

  15. Peter Morris

    Vibrant notes of green apples and underripe pears. Refreshing, lively, and light finish.

  16. Raquel Watkins

    Lively lemon with refreshing acidity; vibrant and fresh.

  17. George Evans

    Simple and straightforward sparkling wine. Dominant lemon flavor, lacks complexity. Champagne farmer fizz preferred at this price.

  18. Gloria Pemberton

    Mediocre vintage with dough, lemon, spice, and floral notes. Chalky finish. Not as impressive as previous years. 88 points.

  19. Steven Ayers

    Lemony with a touch of chalk and creamy texture.

  20. Sean Salvatierra

    Lively acidity, baked yeast, tart fruit, creamy mouthfeel.

  21. Edward Kukauskas

    Golden with super fine beads of rising bubbles. Palate is lemony acidic initially. But opens up in 30 minutes to show baked apples, pear, sweet corn, limestone. Acid is still there but well balanced with the fruit flavors. Awesome wine. Wasn’t sure if we’d like the newer vintage because we’ve been drinking ‘09s, which are more open and rich. But these 2017’s are rocking right now and pair even better with acidic food. Had with salsa verde chicken breasts and tortillas.

  22. Helen Haber

    Event #1: Carmenere Sandiego (Ciao Baci) – Lean, focused, and light without being delicate.

  23. Shannon Herrin

    Fantastic wine. Perfect with truffle cheddar cheese. Great value.

  24. Heather Dixon

    Solid value with apple, pear, and perfect bubbles. Ideal with grilled oysters Rockefeller.

  25. Anna Filip

    Surprisingly delightful, the sparkling wine’s acidity cuts through the fatty bacon cheeseburger, balancing its flavors. Unconventional, but highly recommended.

  26. Matilda Figueroa

    Bought at 55th Street Wine & Spirits in Manhattan. Medium lemon color, fine perlage. Light floral and citrus notes. Balanced acidity, good length. Creamy mousse. Will improve with another year in cellar.

  27. Shawn Ahn

    Consistently lively, Schramsberg’s BdB is a great purchase.

  28. Jerry Hughes

    Crisp fruit with a touch of barrel age, subtle apple bitterness. Buttery mouthfeel steals the show.

  29. Claudia Rindels

    Toasted almonds, lemon, navel orange, fresh apple, pear, white bread. Nice mouthfeel, agreeable bubbles. Medium + body, great QPR at $31.

  30. Catherine Ketcher

    Medium yellow with a nice bubble. Green apple, ripe lemon, apricot, wet stone, and a toasty note from aging. Dry, clean, and crisp with medium to high acidity. Medium flavor intensity with a refreshing, long finish. Great to drink now or cellar for potential. Crowd-pleasing with an elegant touch for Francophiles.

  31. James Pierce

    Pop, foam, apple, melon, weak acidity, slight bitterness, okay with salmon, not worth the price, better options available, lacking depth, forgettable for now.

  32. Reba Dequattro

    Consistently excellent and vibrant. Please refer to my previous reviews for more details.

  33. Raymundo Frank

    Review: Intense green apple notes with a hint of baked apple. Slight bitterness at the finish. Young and lacking integration, but pleasant bubbles and mouthfeel. Good, but not outstanding.

  34. Fannie Smith

    PnP has a golden hue with apple and citrus aromas. Bubbles settle after a few minutes. Green apple and citrus dominate the nose and palate. Crisp, dry, with a hint of sweetness. Lacking brioche and yeast. Finishes slightly bitter, adding complexity. Expectations not fully met, but enjoyable for a casual occasion.

  35. Edmund Kowalik

    Effervescent and acidic with yeasty, lemony notes. Needs time to settle and show its best.

  36. Nancy Crouch

    Bright, mineral, tightly wound with layers of citrus, lime, quince, white flowers, and herbs. Balanced with lovely energy and a chalky, intense finish.

  37. Helen Wallace

    Easy-drinking Chardonnay, enjoyed at Jack’s cabin in Massanutten. Crisp apple notes with a touch of creaminess and a clean finish. Bubbles slightly aggressive for some, but worth comparing to the cheaper Roederer Estate NV.

  38. Gladys Moore

    Consistent and reliable, just like before. The Twin’s 5th Birthday Party was a great experience.

  39. George Garza

    Restrained nose, opened up over time. Medium to light lemon color with fine perlage. Floral notes, lemon, lime, green apple, almond, biscuit, brioche, light smoke, light chalk, hint of creamy vanilla. Fresh acidity, great persistence. Medium-fine to fine and creamy mousse. Harmonious, keeps getting better!

  40. Betty Heil

    This sparkler is like opening an oven door on baked brioche, with a rising swarm of tiny bubbles. Well balanced, with hints of citrus, nut, and Chardonnay grape. Concentrated, serious, and well made.

  41. Donald Vasquez

    Winner of Christmas eve and day. Bright, crisp, biscuity. Super fine bubbles. Good mouth feel and viscosity. Creaminess and acidity held up beautifully. Dear wife asked for more.

  42. Herbert Thompson

    Lemon notes shine in this superb sparkling wine.

  43. Henry Magana

    This wine exceeds its price, with complexity and subtle notes. No harshness. A steal at $35. Popped and poured at midnight for NYE.

  44. Elaine Miller

    Refreshing notes of citrus and apple with a crisp, steely core. Ends with a lively acidity. Overall, not bad.

  45. Lorinda Querta

    Delightful traditional Blanc de Blancs Brut from California’s North Coast. Fine bubbles, flavors of lemon, green apple, yeast, and almond. Great value for the price.

  46. Doreen Petty

    Fantastic tub wine, no glass required.

  47. Susan Kinney

    New Review: Exceptional and distinct, surpassing previous vintages. A delightfully rich wine with exquisite brioche and nutty notes, leaving a lasting, satisfying finish. Magnificent.

  48. Patricia Bridges

    Perfect for weddings, this wine is absolutely delightful.

  49. Judith Hubner

    Delicate, gold bubbles. Aromas of creme brulee and apple. Creamy texture with hints of banana and ripe apples.

  50. Teresa Aguilar

    Delightful! Notes of apple and lemon, with a touch of sweetness.

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What does Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, pear

plum, cassis, blueberry

licorice, cinnamon, anise

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, toasted bread

grass, asparagus, rhubarb

raisin, fig, dried fruit

tropical, pineapple, mango

lavender, perfume, rose petal

Food Pairing with Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020

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Schramsberg Vineyards, situated in the Calistoga AVA of Napa Valley, holds the distinction of being one of the oldest wineries in the region. Established back in 1862, this renowned vineyard primarily focuses on producing exquisite sparkling wines using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The credit for the vineyard's inception and the construction of Napa's first hillside caves for wine storage and aging goes to Jacob Schram. It was during the early 20th Century that Schramsberg gained widespread recognition for its sparkling wines crafted using the traditional methode traditionnelle. These exceptional wines have been a part of official events hosted by every US Presidential administration since Richard Nixon in 1972. In 1967, the current owners introduced their inaugural vintage, a... Read More
Chardonnay, the noble white grape varietal, has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world with its elegance, versatility, and ability to reflect its terroir. Originating in the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has spread its vines across the globe, leaving its indelible mark on the wine industry. Chardonnay grapes are renowned for their unique characteristics. They possess small to medium-sized clusters with round berries that range in color from green to golden. The flavor profile of Chardonnay is remarkably diverse, offering a wide range of aromas including green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, melon, and vanilla. These flavors can vary significantly depending on the terroir, climate, and winemaking techniques employed. The winemaking process plays a crucial role in... Read More

Winemaker of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 2020

Sean Thompson-Jessica Koga-Hugh Davies

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