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 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 51 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 vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2016 vintage.

The Vineyard
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. Between 360 and 440 feet above sea level, the vines utilize over six feet of Boontling and Pinole loam soil, sustainable farming practices, and deficit irrigation to produce approximately 2.5 tons per acre of bright, complex fruit with great balance. Cool, foggy nights and steadily warming days provide a long, even growing season which delivers mature fruit depth with a vibrant, acidic backbone.

Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir features expressive aromas of strawberry, cherry, jasmine, baking spice, red currant, almond, and a touch of anise. The palate is well structured, offering flavors of black plum, red currant, pepper, vanilla, cassis, dark chocolate with fine grained tannins, which lead effortlessly into a long, lasting finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


94 Points - Cellar Selection
A little smokier in aroma and fuller in flavor than the rest of the range of Davies Pinots, this wine tastes robust, ripe and exotic, but still has bright acidity and firm tannins to give structure. It is full bodied, nicely oaky and well balanced.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2018)
92 Points
This wines delicate weight belies is firm, sandy tannins and orange-zest acidity, compressing the light strawberry flavors from all sides, building on the plump texture and leaving a perfumed trace of lilacs in the end. An elegant pinot to match roast sea bass with forest mushrooms.- Wine & Spirits (December 2018)
90 Points
Minerally and focused, with concentrated ripe cherry, dried cherry and macerated plum flavors accented by notes of dried savory herb. The spicy finish is taut and refined.- Wine Spectator (November 2018)

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