2013 Jack & Jamie's Reserve Pinot Noir (1 X 750)

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The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards in the Napa Valley is pleased to release this 50th anniversary Pinot Noir in honor of Jack & Jamie Davies, who revived the winery in 1965. Jack & Jamie were the first to produce traditional method sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in the United States. The family’s experience with Pinot Noir dates back to 1967, when the Davies first used this elegant red varietal to make their inaugural vintage of Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Over the subsequent 48 years, Schramsberg’s winemakers have built long-lasting relationships with some of the best Pinot Noir growers in the North Coast. This wine is a carefully crafted blend of seven of those vineyards.

The Vineyards
The vineyard sites used for this special bottling come from three cool-climate viticultural areas within California’s North Coast AVA. The Ferrington, Londer and Goorgian vineyards are located within the Anderson Valley AVA, southwest of the city of Mendocino, in a valley known for cool foggy nights. The Nobles and Spring Hill vineyards are located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, a few miles inland from the cool Pacific Ocean. The Sunset Knoll and Hyde vineyards are found within the Napa Carneros AVA, which is greatly influenced by the San Pablo Bay, a couple of miles to the south. These sites have been cherry-picked by us for our Pinot Noir program, as the location of these sites allow for gradual ripening and structural balance within the grape.

Tasting notes

Aromas of fresh strawberry and raspberry jam enhanced by orange cream, rose petal, and sponge cake gently rise from the glass. The dense palate coats with mixed berry tart and English cordial; intermingled with dark maraschino cherries, milk chocolate, and hints of cola; and is sustained by a fresh long finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

91+ Points
Lastly, the 2013 Pinot Noir Jack & Jamie’s Reserve is a 1,000-case selection of the best barrels of all the different vineyards. This wine has outstanding potential, representing the 50th anniversary of the Davies family in Napa Valley and making wine B most of those, of course, sparkling wine from their winery in Calistoga. This wine is tightly coiled, shows good acidity, relatively robust tannins a dense ruby color, plenty of sweet plum, pomegranate, blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with background oak and spice. This wine should be cellared for another 1-2 years and drunk over the following 10-15.- Wine Advocate (December 2015)
91 Points
Delivers a wonderfully complex mix of ripe plum, cherry, wild berry and raspberry flavors, with a texture that is supple upon entry but gains traction midpalate. Ends with a twist of cedar, loamy earth and black licorice. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made.- Wine Spectator (September 2015)
91 Points
This is an exceptionally well-composed, mannerly Pinot Noir, but it is also a wine of depth and enough wild flower, wild cherry to show complexity and a bit of spicy interest for extra range. Litheand vital on the palate with fruit that starts early and stays late, it has great Pinot texture and good balance, and its oaky overlays contribute a nice complement of richness. Well and truly full of drinking pleasure today, it is bound to gain more of the variety’s velvety side as it ages.- Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine (October 2015)