2017 Sonoma Coast 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 the 2017 vintage of their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine is a blend crafted from the Horseshoe Bend, Nobles and Piedre Libre vineyards. 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 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 delicious appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2017 vintage.

Horseshoe Bend Vineyard sits at the summit of the ridgeline above the town of Occidental. At 1,000 feet, its situated above the fog bank of the Russian River, and gathers enough warmth to ripen the Pinot clusters. Nobles Vineyard produces Pinot Noir with vibrant red berry flavors and a supple, layered texture. The vineyards are on the eastern slopes of the second mountain ridge in from the Pacific Ocean, between 950 and 1,050 feet above sea level. Piedra Libre Vineyards is surrounded by the forests of the rolling hills between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. Located between 250 and 500 feet above sea level, the vineyards are planted in Goldridge sandy loam soil, a fine grain soil with little fertility, which gives the grower full control of nutrients and minerals provided to the vine.

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Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir engages with aromas of cherry, rhubarb, raspberry and baking spice. The richly textured midpalate features a juicy center of blueberry and black plum, accentuated with good length and acidity on the finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

91 Points
Concentrated dark plum, dried blueberry and cherry tart flavors feature creamy accents, flanked by chocolate and spice notes. Dusty hints show on the finish.- Wine Spectator (December 2019)
91 Points
From a selection of vineyards, including the single designates Nobles and Piedra Libra, this is a satisfying appellation wine, tangy and tart in high-toned acidity and crisp red fruit. Layered and textured, it has a touch of forest floor and dried herb alongside firm, supple tannin.- Wine Enthusiast (April 2020)
90 Points
The 2017 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast was aged 15 months in 20% new oak. Medium ruby, it's bright on the nose, offering Bing cherries, tart cranberries, licorice, underbrush and rhubarb with an earthy undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is bright, fresh and grainy with perfumed fruits and a lifted finish.- Wine Advocate (August 2020)