2013 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1 x 750 ml)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its fifth vintage of Pinot Noir still wines. The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of the Ferrington and Londer Vineyards, located at opposite ends of this coastal valley at the southern end of Mendocino county. 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 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the 48 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 and winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present this appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2013 vintage.

The Vineyards
The Ferrington Vineyards property, located approximately 100 miles north of San Francisco and 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, is in a fertile pocket of land found at the edge of the northeastern foothills of Mendocino County's Anderson Valley AVA. Between 360 and 440 feet above sea level, the three acres produce approximately 2.5 tons per acre of bright, complex fruit.

Londer Vineyard is located approximately 115 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, in Mendocino County'd Anderson Valley AVA. This vineyard is planted 400 feet above sea level on south facing hills with welldrained soil of loam covered, sandstone bedrock, and produces two to three tons per acre of dark, vibrant Pinot Noir.

Tasting notes

Aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry jam, blended with nutmeg, brown sugar and vanilla, gently rise from the glass. The medium weight palate coats your mouth with flavors of rhubarb, intermingled with brambleberry, mocha, and cinnamon, and it is sustained by an indulgent finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

91 Points
The palate brings a broad texture, plush mouthfeel and warm, nearly stewed fruit flavors in this polished and opulent wine. It smells like baking spices, tastes ripe and plummy and has a lingering, almost sweet finish.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2015)
90 Points
Here, again, Davies has come up with a well-defined and very generously filled Pinot of noteworthy richness and depth, and it is one that, even more than its companion from the Ferrington Vineyards, is long on very outgoing, ripe cherry fruit. It starts out silky and lithe on the palate and finds a gentle bit of grip as it goes, and it shows terrific length. It, too, will keep and grow for several years, but, if forced to choose between the winery’s two Anderson Valley offerings to drink now, this would be the one.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (February 2016)
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