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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its first vintage of Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir from Hudson and Hyde Vineyards. 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 49 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 Senior Winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present this appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2014 vintage.

The Vineyards
Hudson Vineyards are planted on the rolling hills at the north end of the Napa-Carneros Distirct. Moderate tempertures and slow cloud burn off allow for longer hang time of the grapes on the vines which develop complex flavors and layers. With well draining alluvial and loamy soils dominating the vineyards, the vines are able to glean the nessesary nutrients and moisture needed to produce balanced and flavorful wines.

Hyde Vineyards are planted in the foothills just north of the Carneros Bayview District. The grapes are favorably influenced by the nightly cooling effect from the closely located San Pablo Bay, retaining the wine’s balanced acidity. The vines on the property thrive on three feet of loamy topsoil above an impenetrable clay subsoil. This combination provides control over the nutrients and water supply for the vines.

Tasting notes

Inviting aromas of ripe cherry, vanilla, and baking spice gently rise from the glass. The palate is juicy and full, supported by a gentle but lingering acidity. Vibrant flavors of dark plum, black raspberry, and hints of mocha lead to a supple, coating finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


92 Points
The producer ferrets out some of the best from the appellation, combining 75% of the grapes for this wine from Hudson Vineyards and the remainder from Hyde Vineyards. An inaugural release, it's a showcase of stemmy earth and rose petals set against an ethereal backdrop. Baked rhubarb adds further flavor, seasoned in clove.- Wine Enthusiast (February 1, 2017)