2017 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 ninth 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 52 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 2017 vintage.

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.

Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir features aromas of brambly raspberry, wild strawberry, red plum, and baking spice. The palate combines a broad mouthfeel with a juicy center of black plum and dark chocolate, that carry through to the finish with a tangy acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

90 Points
Getting right to the fruity point without hesitation on the nose and showing a fine mix of cherries and red berries overlain by a sensible and sympathetic veneer of sweet oak, this appellation bottling from Mendocino's Anderson Valley follows suit once in the mouth with solid, well-extracted flavors that lean slightly more to black fruits than to red. It is a wine that offers plenty to like at the moment yet impresses as having the structure and fleshy reserve to age, and we see it gaining additional grace over the course of the next three to four years.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (November 2019)
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