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Nobles Vineyard Pinot Noir

The Vineyard
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.

The Wine
“Aromas of mixed red berries combined with vanilla, plum, and black pepper. The palate is youthful and vibrant, typical of the Sonoma Coast. Bright blueberry, cherry, and cola play with gingerbread and nutmeg throughout the juicy finish.”

– Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

2012

90 Points
2012 Davies Vineyards, "Nobles Vineyards"

Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, intense, deep, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of cinnamon and cola; medium-full body; rich, textured, fleshy, red fruit flavors with good depth and balance and a light peppery note; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.

The California Grapevine, Oct. 2014

 

2011

90 Points
2011 Davies Vineyards, "Nobles Vineyards"


The chilly vintage shows in the light delicacy of this Pinot Noir. It’s pale in color and quite tart in the mouth, which gives the cherries, cranberries and cola a bite. There’s a rich jacket of oak, while the official alcohol level is 14.2% by volume.

Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2013

90 Points
2011 Davies Vineyards, "Nobles Vineyards"


Far and away the most successful of the trio from Davies, this well-crafted Pinot Noir is fixed on well-defined, slightly succulent fruit with persistent highlights of deftly placed oak providing a subtle boost in richness. It is long and lively and always light on its feet, and, if it never aims for bombast and drama, it hits all of the right marks, and will make lovely drinking in the near- to mid-term with dishes ranging from savory chicken and duck to milder pork recipes.

Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, Oct. 2013

2010

92 Points
2010 Davies Vineyards, "Nobles Vineyard"

Sparkling wine specialist Schramsberg ventures out to the Fort Ross area to tinker with Pinot Noir under its Davies brand. This shows intensity and concentration, with powerful raspberry and cherry essences that are compounded by sweet-tasting, smoky oak. Impressive now, but it should gain traction in the bottle over the next four years. SH

- Wine Enthusiast, February 1, 2013

2009

90 Points
2009 Davies Vineyards, "Nobles Vineyard"

Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, ripe, cedary, cranberry and cherry fruit aroma with slightly briary notes and hints of cinnamon, mocha, and rhubarb; medium-full body; rich, initially silky, plummy, cranberry and bright cherry fruit flavors with a hint of sassafras and tending to be a bit lean on the finish; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Made by Schramsberg Vineyards. Very highly recommended.

- California Grapevine, Dec. 2011 - Jan. 2012