2017 Goorgian Vineyards Pinot Noir (1 X 750 ML)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its fourth 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 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 from southern Mendocino Countys Anderson Valley.

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.

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Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir starts off with dense aromas of chocolate covered cherry, black plum, black tea, clove, with a touch of orange zest. The well-structured palate, featuring marionberry, espresso and cola spice, is balanced with fresh acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


94 Points - Best of Year 2019
Powerful fruit flavors come with enticing complexity in this full-bodied, concentrated and well-balanced wine that was aged in 36% new French barrels. It shows great focus on black cherry surrounded by black tea, raspberry and clove accents.- Wine Enthusiast (December 2019)
93 Points
... this weighty, well-structured opus from Goorgian Vineyards wins top honors by dint of its fruity depth and seamless composition. It is, quite simply, a wine that has it all and, while very rich, it never so much as hints at excess. As fine Pinot Noir is wont to do, it shows a good deal of appeal in its youth, but, among its clan, it is the one we would pick first for the cellar without hesitation and urge that it not be opened for at least three or four years.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (November 2019)
92 Points
Ripe red berries and neat, herbal notes speak directly to the variety. This has rich and plush red cherries and plums with sweet depth to the finish. Lightly spicy and toasty oak to close.- James Suckling (September 2019)