Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2012
The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley is pleased to release its fourth vintage of still wines made from Pinot Noir. The family’s experience with Pinot Noir dates back to 1967, when Jack and Jamie Davies first used this elegant red variety to make their inaugural vintage of Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine. Since then, Schramsberg’s 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 winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present this vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2012 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 County’s Anderson Valley AVA. Between 360 and 440 feet above sea level, the three acres of vines utilize over six feet of Boontling and Pinole loam soil, sustainable farming practices and deficit irrigation to produce approximately 2.5 tons per acre of bright, complex fruit with great balance. Cool, foggy nights and steadily warming days provide a long, even growing season which delivers mature fruit depth with a vibrant, acidic backbone.
- Clones: 667, 777, Pommard, 115
- Harvest Date(s): September 18-20
- Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak, 22% new
- Coopers: Damy, Remond, Francois Frere
- Bottled: January 20, 2014
- Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
- Alcohol: 14.0%
- TA: 0.58g/L
- p H: 3.66
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2012 – 90 points – Wine Spectator
"Firm and spicy, with savory dried herb, ripe cherry and berry flavors woven together, supported by floral scents and ample tannins.”
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2012 – 92 points – Ken’s Wine Guide
"On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, elegant and very smooth. The flavor profile is a very tasty red plum with notes of cherry-cola, cinnamon spice and dash of black pepper."
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2012 – 91 points – California Grapevine
"Medium-light ruby; pleasant, initially restrained, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with hints of baking spice, vanilla, and forest floor; medium to mediumfull body; supple, plummy, cherry fruit flavors with good acid balance, well integrated oak.”
Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2012 – 91 points – The Tasting Panel
"Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and smooth texture; elegant, structured and long."