2021 "Anderson Valley" 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 its thirteen vintage of still Pinot Noirs. This Pinot Noir bottling is a blend of the Ferrington and Goorgian Vineyards, located at opposite ends of the Anderson 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 56 years following that first use, Schramsbergs winemakers have built long-lasting relationships with some of the best Pinot Noir growers and vineyards in the North Coast. Developing upon this passion, history, and experience, second-generation Vintner Hugh Davies, along with Winemakers Sean Thompson and Jessica Koga, present this appellation-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2021 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 vines 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 to the southeastern end of the valley.

The 2021 Anderson Valley vintage started off with very cold temperatures and many frosty nights. This cool weather eventually tapered off and gradually warmed into late summer. The few heat spikes at the end of August encouraged the vines to dig deep in the soils, resulting in highly concentrated fruit with a beautiful balance of generous acidity.

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Tasting notes

This Anderson Valley Pinot Noir unveils aromas of dark berry, plum, black cherry and chocolate-covered acai berry, which are further enriched by subtle hints of vanilla, cinnamon toast, and a touch of clove. The wine boasts a juicy and full palate, with flavors of blackberry pie and blueberry. Cinnamon, brown sugar and maple candy add complexity to the dense palate, and lead to a lingering mouthfeel.- Winemakers Jessica Koga, Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies