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St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building

“Thirty-two still and sparkling wines make up the list of those available for tasting in the Grayson Building, the new Davies Vineyards tasting room and visitors center.

“On a recent visit, the list included cabernets and pinot noirs from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages and sparkling wines from 2008 and 2011 to 2014. Red wine prices ranged from $35 for two pinot noirs – one from the Napa Valley, the other from the Sonoma Coast – to $400 for a three-liter bottle of 2013 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, made from estate grapes grown on the family’s Diamond Mountain property, where Schramsberg is located.

“Prices for the Schramsberg sparkling wines range from $40 for a current release, 2014 Blanc de Blancs to $150 for a 2008 J. Schram Rose.

“The tasting of five wines – one sparkling and four reds – two of the 2014 pinot noirs tasted included one from the Carneros region, the other from the Goorgian Vineyards in Anderson Valley, Mendocino. In a side-by-side tasting, Kelly Duarte Bernys, assistant hospitality manager, was impressed.
“It is just fascinating to me with the pinots, which is the same varietal, same vintage and same winemaking team, but grapes grown in different locations, how different the characteristics can be, both in flavors and aromas,” Bernys said.

“The pinot from Carneros is a blend of grapes grown in the Hudson Vineyards (75 percent) and Hyde Vineyards (25 percent). The Hudson Vineyards are planted on the rolling hills at the north end of the Napa-Carneros District. According to tasting notes, “Moderate temperatures and slow cloud burn off allow for longer hang time of the grapes on the vines, which develop complex flavors and layers…”

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David Stoneberg, August 1, 2017
St. Helena’s old but new stone Grayson Building