Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2015

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  • Introduction

    • The Davies family of Schramsberg Vineyards and J. Davies Estate in Napa Valley is pleased to release its seventh 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 2015 vintage.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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 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.

    • Appellation: Anderson Valley
    • Clones: Pommard, 667, 828, 115, 777
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): August 22, 2015
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 15 months in French Oak (20% new, 40% used once)
    • Coopers: Damy, Boutes, Francois Frere
    • Bottled: February 6, 2017
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 250
    • Alcohol: 14.1%
    • TA: 0.65g/100ml
    • p H: 3.52
    • Release Date: September 1, 2017
  • Tasting Notes

    • “The 2015 Davies Vineyards Pinot Noir from Ferrington Vineyards features seamless aromas of fresh cherry, black plum, cocoa powder, maple and clove. The palate is well structured, offering dense berry fruit with integrated flavors of roasted almond and vanilla. The juicy mid-palate and silky texture lead effortlessly into a long, lasting finish.” – Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies



  • Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2015 – 93 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Smooth and fruity, ... whiff of red cherries and tea to more substantial black cherry and clove flavors. It’s medium in body and has light, velvety tannins. Great balance and liveliness thanks to good acidity help lift this wine above the pack."

  • Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyards, Anderson Valley – 2015 – 90 points – Wine Advocate

    "...vibrant red cherry and crushed raspberry notes with hints of red roses, underbrush, dusty earth and black pepper. Medium-bodied, soft, youthful and with lovely purity, it gives plenty of red fruit flavor intensity and a well-poised finish.”