2019 "Anderson Valley" Pinot Noir (1 x 750 ml)

The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its eleventh vintage of Pinot Noir still wines. The Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is a blend of the Ferrington and Goorgian Vineyards, located at opposite ends of this coastal valley at the southern end of Mendocino County. 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 54 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 Winemakers Sean Thompson and Jessica Koga are proud to present this appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2019 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 AVA. Between 360 and 440 feet above sea level, the three acres produce approximately 2.5 tons per acre of bright, complex fruit. Goorgian Vineyards is located at the northwestern end of the Anderson Valley, 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and situated on steep rocky north-west facing slopes with an elevation ranging from 200-350 feet. From its highest point you can see down the southeastern end of the valley. Both vineyards are managed by our long-time grape growing partner, Paul Ardzrooni.

The 2019 growing season in Anderson Valley started off with a wet spring, causing bud break and bloom to occur later than normal. The weather remained moderate through most of the season; canopies were healthy, and full allowing for gradual ripening. The starting date of harvest was average compared to previous years, with yields coming in light to normal. With lighter yields, vines were able to produce fruit with exceptional quality, balanced acidity, and concentrated flavors and aromas.

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Tasting notes

The 2019 Davies Vineyards "Anderson Valley" Pinot Noir features inviting aromas of blueberry, red plum, vanilla and hibiscus. The bright palate combines juicy layers of dried orange peel, raspberry and cran-rhubarb, which carries through to a well-structured finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies


93 Points
Warm and generous, this full-bodied wine offers strawberries, cooked plums, and ripe black cherries in abundance, lightly accented by cinnamon, ginger and tea. It feels rich and broad, yet backed by light acidity and tannins for nice balance.- Wine Enthusiast (February 2022)
92 Points
A creamy style, with plushly spiced red fruit and berry flavors that feature violet accents. Shows cedary notes in the midpalate, with a burnished finish marked by underbrush. Drink now through 2026.- Wine Spectator (April 2022)
90 Points
Grapes from the Ferrington and Goorgian Vineyards go into this nicely composed, easy-to-access, medium-bodied Pinot Noir of moderate depth, and the wine inclines to refinement more than it does to heady richness. It teams very clean and well-sustained, cherry-like fruit with a deft touch of vanillin oak and sports mild, barely noticeable, fine-grained tannins that lend a gentle bit of firmness. It is a wine best tagged for near- to mid-tem drinking rather than protracted cellaring.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (February 2022)