2016 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (1 x 750 ml)

The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its eighth vintage of Pinot Noir still wines. The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of the Ferrington and Goorgian Vineyards, located at opposite ends of this coastal valley at the southern end of Mendocino county. The familys 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, Schramsbergs 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 appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2016 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 Countys 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. Goorgian Vineyard is located at the northwestern end of the Anderson Valley, 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and situated on steep rocky north-west facing slopes with an elevation ranging from 200-350 feet. From its highest point you can see down the southeastern end of the valley and view Ferrington Vineyards.

Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir features aromas of cherry, blueberry, plum, white pepper and cinnamon. The palate combines a juicy fruit forward entry with flavors of strawberry and plum, with tarragon, vanilla and nutmeg that carry through to the finish with a tangy acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points
This well-modulated, well-balanced and delicious wine has everything in place from the light baking-spice and red-cherry aromas to the black-cherry, raspberry and rhubarb flavors to the tangy and palate-cleansing mouthfeel. It's especially good for the 'regular' Anderson Valley bottling.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2018)
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