2009 Londer Vineyard Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley is pleased to release its first still wines made from Pinot Noir. The family’s experience with Pinot Noir dates back to 1967, when Jack and Jamie Davies first used this elegant red varietal to make their inaugural vintage of Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the 44 years following that first use, Schramsberg’s winemakers have built long-lasting relationships with some of the best Pinot Noir growers in the North Coast. Developing upon this passion, history, and experience, second-generation vintner Hugh Davies, winemaker Sean Thompson, and the Davies/ Schramsberg team are proud to present three vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wines from the 2009 vintage.

Located in the Anderson Valley AVA, one of California’s coolest growing regions, the Londer Vineyard is approximately 115 miles north of San Francisco in the southwestern corner of Mendocino County. On many summer nights, a blanket of fog rises up to the 400 foot elevation, curling up around the 15-acre Londer Vineyard at the valley’s northwest end. The fog gradually burns off during the warm, dry, sunny days, to allow the grapes to slowly develop and ripen throughout the season. This vineyard is planted on south facing hills with well-drained soil of loam covered, sandstone bedrock, and produces two to three tons per acre of dark, vibrant Pinot Noir.

Tasting notes

Aromas of blackberry and brambleberry compote combine with dark chocolate, black cherry, and vanilla. The palate is full, dense and viscous. Black raspberry and strawberry rhubarb pie mingle with chocolate cream, espresso and tobacco; which are carried by a sustained, rich finish and balanced acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies