Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2012

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  • Introduction

    • 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.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Nobles Vineyard produces richly layered Pinot Noir. It is located approximately 75 miles north of San Francisco, northeast of Fort Ross, in the heart of California’s proposed West Sonoma Coast 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.

  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 18-20
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak, 41% new
    • Coopers: Damy, Francois Frere, Vicard, Taransaud
    • Bottled: January 20, 2014
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 1,100 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 14.0%
    • TA: 0.58g/L
    • p H: 3.70



  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2012 – 90 points – Wine Spectator

    "Shows off a delicate, herb-laced mix of sour cherry, fresh earth and floral scents. Firm, gripping tannins hold the flavors in check.”

  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2012 – 91 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Smooth and lush with ripe cherry and berry fruit; clean, racy and balanced with elegance and finesse."