2020 "Anderson Valley" Pinot Twelve-btl Set (12x750ML)

The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release its twelfth vintage of Pinot Noir. 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 55 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 Csilla Kato, are proud to present this appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2020 vintage.

This offering is a blend of two Anderson Valley vineyard sites. 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 2020 growing season was mild overall, with bud break occurring earlier than in years past. More spring frost events than typical and little rainfall, set the region up for a low-yielding season resulting in densely concentrated fruit. Harvested grapes delivered beautiful intensity and rich balance.

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Tasting notes

The 2020 "Anderson Valley" Pinot Noir opens with aromas of red plum, cranberry and tart cherry, with intermingled lavender, sage and earthy notes. The palate offers boysenberry, cherry and cocoa powder, with soft tannins and a fresh finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson, Csilla Kato and Hugh Davies


95 Points
This Pinot Noir presents pronounced aromas and flavors of cranberry, raspberry compote, dark chocolate, mushroom, forest floor, and a hint of fresh tarragon. A lovely acidity keeps the fruit components elevated throughout the length of the tasting; fine-grained tannins provide a velvety texture to the tongue. The finish is long, lingering, and continues the delicate balance between youthful vivacity and a rustic earthiness.- Wine Enthusiast, December 2022