Davies Vineyards

California: Napa Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2013

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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 winemaker Sean Thompson are proud to present this vineyard-designate Pinot Noir wine from the 2013 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, 777
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): September 11-14
  • Vinification

    • Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak, 44% new
    • Coopers: Damy, Francois Frere, Vicard, Taransaud
    • Bottled: January 20, 2015
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 375 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 9L
    • Alcohol: 14.5%
    • TA: 0.60g/L
    • p H: 3.73



  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2013 – 91 points – The Wine Advocate

    "... This wine comes across like a Musigny from Burgundy. Notes of crushed rock, red currants, black cherries, plum and forest floor are all present in this dense, dark ruby-colored wine that is rich, concentrated, round …"

  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2013 – 92 points – Wine Enthusiast

    “Light and smoothly textured, this beautifully crafted wine is earthy in wild strawberry preserves, mushroom and forest floor. With a tannic grip that subsides in the glass, it’s built to age but entirely enjoyable now, showing power and…”

  • Pinot Noir, Nobles Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast – 2013 – 91 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Dense and meaty with spice, cherry and rich texture; smooth, lush and juicy with balance and style."