Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2014

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  • Introduction

    • The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley is pleased to release its fifth 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 senior winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present this vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2014 vintage.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Nobles Vineyard produces bright and complex, richly layered Pinot Noir. It is located approximately 75 miles north of San Francisco, on the north Sonoma Coast, in the recently designated Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. With moderate daytime and nighttime temperature swings within this pocket of land, the 3.5 acres of Pinot Noir follow a steady path to optimum ripeness, full flavor and color expression. The vineyards are on the eastern slopes of the second mountain ridge in from the Pacific Ocean, between 950 and 1,050 feet above sea level. Planted in 1993, on the property’s Goldridge fine sandy loam soil, less than two tons per acre of vibrant, yet supple, fruit is harvested each year.

    • Clones: Martini 15, 777
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 9-10
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak, 44% new
    • Coopers: Damy, Francois Frere, Ca Vin, Atelier
    • Bottled: January 27, 2016
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 375 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 9L
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 0.66g/100ml
    • p H: 3.50
    • Release Date: September 1, 2016

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Reviews

  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2014 – 91 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “This is an elegant, subtle and spicy varietal wine that reflects its origins, impacted by coastal coolness and ferocity. Dried thyme, stemmy earth, black tea and a viscous grip of oak show its youth and quiet, brooding power.”

  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2014 – 91 points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine

    “Both nicely concentrated and comparatively open with loads of ripe cherry fruit in play, this deeply drafted Pinot gets everything right from focus and balance to layered richness and length. …”

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