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2016 Nobles Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (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 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.
Nobles Vineyard produces bright, complex, and richly layered Pinot Noir. It is located approximately 75 miles north of San Francisco, on the north Sonoma Coast, in the recently designated Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. With the vineyards moderate daytime and nighttime temperature swings, the Pinot Noir grapes follow a steady path to optimum ripeness, full flavor and color expression. The site is located on the eastern slopes of the second mountain ridge in from the Pacific Ocean, between 950 and 1,050 feet above sea level. Planted in 1993, on the propertys Goldridge fine sandy loam soil, less than two tons per acre of vibrant, yet supple, fruit is harvested each year.
This Pinot Noir starts off with aromas of plum, cherry and cola spice, followed gracefully with vanilla and rose petal. The palate offers a round full-mouth feel, with juicy ripe berry, layered with bright strawberry, baking spice, cocoa powder and nutmeg.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Although none of the many Pinot Noirs from Davies is given to high ripeness and excess, this moderately full-bodied working from the far Sonoma Coast shows a little more fruity flesh on its bones than most and is shaded to fully ripe, black cherry fruit with scattered accents of dark earth and sweet oak lending an extra bit of richness and range. It is not in the least overdone, but it is an effort that gently tips the scales to the fuller side of the varietal spectrum, and thereby comes with the recommendation that it be saved for evenings when the menu features slightly richer fare.- Connoisseurs' Guide to Caifornia Wine (November 2018)