2019 "Nobles Vineyard" 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 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 along 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 vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2019 vintage.

Owned and managed by the Nobles family, this vineyard produces bright, complex, and richly layered Pinot Noir grapes. It is located approximately 75 miles north of San Francisco, on the north Sonoma Coast, in the recently designated Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. With the vineyards moderate daytime and nighttime temperature swings, the Pinot Noir grapes follow a steady path to optimum ripeness, full flavor and color expression. The site is located on the eastern slopes of the second mountain ridge in from the Pacific Ocean, between 950 and 1,050 feet above sea level. Planted in 1993, on the propertys Goldridge loam soil, less than two tons per acre of vibrant, yet supple, fruit is harvested each year.

The 2019 growing season had a record winter rainfall, a cool spring, and a summer growing season that was near perfect for Sonoma County winegrapes. Cooler than normal spring temperatures slowed down fruit ripening, pushing back harvest in many areas compared to recent seasons. The 2019 Nobles Pinot Noir harvest began the last week of September. The resulting wine reflects the densly concentrated fruit flavors developed from this vintage.

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Tasting notes

The 2019 Davies Vineyards "Nobles Vineyard" Pinot Noir opens elegantly to aromas of Santa Rosa plum and strawberry rhubarb, intermingled with notes of espresso, cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate offers focused acidity, with flavors of wild blueberry, red cherry and dark chocolate. A willowy length, leads to a bright and fresh finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Jessica Koga and Hugh Davies

Reviews

95 Points
The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards owns and manages this remote vineyard, at an elevation of one thousand feet above the Pacific. French oak aged for 15 months, the wine speaks of rosebuds and sweet, red cherry on nose and palate. With its down-pillow texture, notes of cinnamon-mocha expresses itself well, intermingling with tomato leaf, red tea, and blue fruit. Its lightness of being is remarkable.- Tasting Panel (November 2021)
93 Points
Elegant, with dried rose petal and forest floor accents tothe well-knit raspberry and red cherry flavors. The firmfinish features a focused minerality as well as savory hints.- Wine Spectator (December 2021)
93 Points
If arguably a bit underplayed at first even if it conveys a certain sense of concentration and depth, this lovely effort slowly unfolds in the glass and gets richer and more interesting with each sniff. Its generous, but very well-composed flavors confirm that this is, indeed, a Pinot Noir with plenty to say, and show a nicely meshed mix of cherries and sweet spice that holds and holds into an especially long finish. It smacks of seriousness and real potential, and we would, with no hesitation, place big bets on its five-toeight year future.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (February 2022)