2015 Piedra Libre 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 inaugural vintage of the Piedra Libre Vineyards 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 Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the 50 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 Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson are proud to present this vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2015 vintage.

The Vineyards
The Piedra Libre Vineyards property, centered approximately 45 miles north of San Francisco and 8 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, is sited among the forests of the rolling hills between Petaluma and Bodega Bay. Located between 250 and 500 feet above sea level, the vineyards are planted in Goldridge sandy loam soil, a fine grain soil with little fertility, which gives the grower full control of nutrients and minerals provided to the vine. The site enjoys morning fog and partial sunny days. This, along with the cool ocean breeze, moderates the temperature and allows the fruit to mature steadily throughout the growing season.

Tasting notes

Our first Piedra Libre Pinot Noir leads with pleasant aromas of red cherry, spiced plum, blueberry, vanilla and sage. The palate combines cassis, cranberry and rhubarb with dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee, and features a clean, focused acidity followed by a long, layered finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


95 Points
No less rich and fruity than the richest and fruitiest of its many mates, but a wine that earns top honors in its family by dint of its solid structure and exemplary balance, this one impresses for both its potency and keen focus and is an eminently collectable Pinot Noir that will evolve beautifully with age. It is moderately full-bodied and slightly supple in feel with the first gleanings of varietal velvet starting to show, and, if not so backward that it cannot be poured now, it is a wine whose very considerable best is well worth waiting a few years for.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (October 2017)
93 Points
Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Piedra Libre has a delicate fragrance of rose petals, black soil, cola and Sichuan pepper over a core of chocolate-covered cherries and cranberry sauce. The palate is very finely structured with silt-like tannins and a lively backbone supporting the intense red berry and perfumed flavors, finishing with great persistence.- Wine Advocate (Octoer 2017)
92 Points
This is a concentrated, fleshy coastal wine, weighty in oak and tannin. The vibrancy comes via well-defined layers of cherry, wild strawberry and forest, with wisps of black tea and cardamom knocking on the door.- Wine Enthusiast (March 2018)