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2017 FERRINGTON VINEYARDS PINOT NOIR (1 X 750 ML) - LIMITED
The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its ninhth 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 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 vineyard-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. 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.
This Pinot Noir features expressive aromas of black cherry, strawberry, vanilla and cranberry, with a touch of black tea. The palate is well-structured with focused acidity, offering flavors of red berry, dark chocolate and espresso, along with dried orange peel and baking spice.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
From the folks who brings us Schramsberg Vineyards, this eighth vintage of the Davies family Pinot Noir is stunning. A nose of sweet cherry and rose petals leads to a delicate mouthfeel. Whispering clues of sweet tobacco, salted strawberry jam and a finish of tilled soil shows balance and depth.- The Tasting Panel (October 2019)
Deceptively lighter and a little pulled back on initial nosing and only with air revealing a mildly oaked, keenly focused presence of vital, young, red cherry fruit, this wine proves to be deeper, richer and far more substantial on the palate with broad, fully ripe, far-reaching flavors of great staying power. Weighty, but not heavy and even now showing a bit of classic varietal velvet in feel, it is a polished, very well-balanced Pinot Noir, that, even if tasty and very enjoyable in its youth, is bound to be even more so several years out.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (November 2019)