2013 Londer Vineyards 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 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 their vineyard designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2013 vintage.

The Vineyard
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 around the 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 cranberry and strawberry jam combined with hints of milk chocolate and baking spice rise from the glass. Flavors of Bing cherry and rhubarb crumble, mingled with mocha and nutmeg, are expressed throughout the nimble yet balanced finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


90 Points
The 2013 Pinot Noir Londer Vineyard, from another site in Anderson Valley, shows more of the Côte de Beaune-like strawberry, baking spice and loamy, earthy notes. This also comes from Dijon clone 667, 777 and 115, but there are also additional clones, such as the Joseph Swan and Calera selections. This is the last vintage of this, since the vineyard was purchased by Kendall-Jackson. But this wine, aged 15 months in 40% new French oak is delicious, sexy and well-made. Like all of the other Pinot Noirs, it’s 100% destemmed.- Wine Advocate (December 2015)
91 Points
Light-scented mocha, espresso and dried berry flavors make this fuller and fruitier to drink, with rich wild berry, blueberry and underbrush accents. The oak and fruit elements work together in a harmonious way. Drink now through 2021.- Wine Spectator (September 2015)