2018 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 2018 vintage of their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This wine is a blend crafted from the Perry Ranch, Nobles, and Horseshoe Bend 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 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 delicious appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2018 vintage.

Perry Ranch, farmed by the Dutton Family, is in the headwaters of Green Valley Creek, on a gently sloping, well-drained, south-facing exposure. The vineyard offers fruit that profits from a long, cool hang time resulting in outstanding color and extraction. Green Valley is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County and lies within the southwestern part of the Russian River Valley appellation. Nobles Vineyard, in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA, 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. Horseshoe Bend Vineyard, leased by the Davies and managed by Art Robledo, sits at the summit of the ridgeline above the town of Occidental. At 700 - 800 feet elevation, itâs situated above the fog bank of the Russian River and gathers enough warmth to ripen the Pinot clusters.

The long growing season in 2018 revealed a vintage with structure and concentration without being overripe. Despite a warm February, the growing season started off cooler than the past few vintages. A cool spring meant bloom lasted longer than usual, which resulted in a bountiful crop. Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. Veraison started later as well, and as a result, harvest started two to three weeks later than in recent years. The result was fruit exhibiting fully mature, sweet tannins, with outstanding color and brightness.

Tasting notes

The 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir engages with aromas of rose petals, brambly berry, black cherry and raspberry with touches of vanilla and chocolate-cherry. The intensely juicy palate features delicate berry and black raspberry, accentuated by a driving acidity with espresso and cherry cola on the finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

91 Points
This appellation wine sources from several vineyard-designated sites, including Perry Ranch and Nobles. Earthy black tea and compost make for an ethereal, cool-climate style that finds balanced acidity and tannin weight along the way. Pomegranate and rhubarb flavors provide crisp fruitiness.- Wine Enthusiast ( May 2021)
90 Points
Solidly fruited and sporting a complexing touch of savory spice and a scant suggestion of dried herbs to its aromas and flavors of red cherries and berries, this balanced, medium-full-bodied Pinot firms up nicely following its friendly, slightly viscous palatal beginnings. While not at all edgy or coarse in its youth and sure to be an enjoyable foil to milder meats in the short term, it has the structure and fruity reserve of a wine sure to benefit from a few years of cellaring all the same.- Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine (February 2021)
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