2016 Goorgian Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)

The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its third vintage of its Goorgian Vineyards Pinot Noir. 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 Pinot Noir vineyard-designate release from southern Mendocino Countys Anderson Valley.

The Vineyards
The Goorgian Vineyards are located at the northwestern end of the Anderson Valley, 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and situated on steep, rocky northwest facing slopes with an elevation ranging from 200-350 feet. Shallow loamy topsoil facilitates excellent drainage above a layer of sandstone and shale, stressing the roots to reach for nutrients and water. Cooler daily temperatures are ideal for Pinot Noir with nightly coastal breezes dropping into the 50s, creating the perfect sugar to acid balance in the grapes. This environment provides a long, even growing season which delivers mature fruit depth with a vibrant, acidic backbone.

Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir leads with dense aromas of blueberry, plum, black cherry, cranberry, wood spice and white pepper. The focused palate features cranberry, dark cherry and rhubarb, with chewy tannins.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points
Proving that last years success was no accident and once again a beautifully focused, very polished. Pinot Noir that displays great fruity stamina, the latest edition from Goorgian Vineyards easily wins our nod as the best of the new Davies bunch for its richness and depth, but it is very arguably the best balanced as well. It is fleshy, full and slightly velvety in feel as only good Pinot can be, and, it never so much as hints at being anything but mannerly and wonderfully controlled. Waiting will not come easy, it is that good right now, but it has even better places to go yet, and we are convinced that three or four years of patience will be repaid with significant dividends.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines (November 2018)
92 Points
This is a very flavorful, medium- to full-bodied wine that blends ripe black cherry and clove with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Supportive fruit acidity and light tannins add structure for an appetizing mouthfeel.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2018)
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