The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its fourth vintage of Napa Valley Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine is a blend of Pinot Noir from Three Amigos, Costa del Sol, and Hyde Vineyards. The family's 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 53 years following that first use, Schramsberg's 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 2018 vintage.

Three Amigos Vineyard is a certified organic and biodynamic Pinot Noir vineyard in the Napa Valley Carneros region. At a short distance from the Napa Marina, it's a cool, foggy, and breezy location that Pinot Noir loves. The Costa del Sol Vineyard is located on Las Amigas Road in the heart of Napa Carneros. The nearly 12-acre vineyard was planted in 2006 to five different Pinot Noir clones. The vines benefit from the cool breeze that blows in from the San Pablo Bay to create wines of balanced complexity and concentrated fruit expression. Hyde Vineyards are planted in the foothills just north of the Carneros Bayview District. The grapes are favorably influenced by the nightly cooling effect from the closely located San Pablo Bay, retaining the wineâs balanced acidity. The vines on the property thrive on three feet of loamy topsoil above an impenetrable clay subsoil. This combination provides control over the nutrients and water supply for the vines.

For the 2018 vintage, early season rains caused both bud break and flowering to start late. However, ideal weather conditions persisted to start the season, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun and the cooler marine influences of the Carneros AVA were virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. This relatively mild summer was followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat. These near-ideal conditions resulted in superb grape quality, with complex flavors and balanced acidity.

Tasting notes

The 2018 Napa Carneros Pinot Noir features inviting aromas of dried strawberry, cherry, wheat toast and cranberry-rhubarb, followed with a touch of cinnamon. The palate engages a ripe red berry center, with flavors of plum, milk chocolate and dried blueberry supported by a tangy acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


93 Points
Delicate and rose petaled, this soft, supple red wine is light in strawberry and cherry flavor. It takes on a more robust weight and mouthfeel on the midpalate, building to a spicy, acid-driven finish marked by lovely, lingering notes of chocolate.- Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)