2021 "Goorgian Vineyards" 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 eighth vintage of its Goorgian Vineyards Pinot Noir. 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 vineyard-designate Pinot Noir from southern Mendocino Countys Anderson Valley.

The Goorgian Vineyards are located at the northwestern end of the Anderson Valley, 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and situated on steep, rocky northwest facing slopes with an elevation ranging from 200-350 feet. Shallow loamy topsoil facilitates excellent drainage above a layer of sandstone and shale, stressing the roots to reach for nutrients and water. Cooler coastal conditions are ideal for Pinot Noir, with nightly breezes dropping temperatures down into the 50s, creating the perfect sugar to acid balance in the grapes. This environment provides a long, even growing season which delivers mature fruit depth with a vibrant, acidic backbone. Goorgian Vineyards is managed by our long-time grape growing partner Paul Ardzrooni.

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 Goorgian Vineyards Pinot Noir has a bouquet of dark plum, black raspberry, blueberry, and dried cranberry, with alluring aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon, and sage intermingled within. Tart cherry, red currant, apple, and rhubarb create a refreshing and vibrant introduction on the palate. The wines weight and density are perfectly balanced, contributing to a well-structured yet elegant mouthfeel.- Winemakers Jessica Koga, Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies