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LONDER VINEYARD PINOT NOIR

The Vineyard
Located in the Anderson Valley AVA, one of California’s coolest growing regions, the Londer Vineyard is approximately 115 miles north of San Francisco in the southwestern corner of Mendocino County. On many summer nights, a blanket of fog rises up to the 400 foot elevation, curling up around the 15-acre Londer Vineyard at the valley’s northwest end. The fog gradually burns off during the warm, dry, sunny days, to allow the grapes to slowly develop and ripen throughout the season. This vineyard is planted on south facing hills with well-drained soil of loam covered, sandstone bedrock, and produces two to three tons per acre of dark, vibrant Pinot Noir.

The Wine
“Aromas of cranberry and strawberry jam combined with hints of milk chocolate and
baking spice rise from the glass. Flavors of Bing cherry and rhubarb crumble, mingled
with mocha and nutmeg, are expressed throughout the nimble yet balanced finish.”

– Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

2013

90 Points
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2013

The 2013 Pinot Noir Londer Vineyard, from another site in Anderson Valley, shows more of the Côte de Beaune-like strawberry, baking spice and loamy, earthy notes. This also comes from Dijon clone 667, 777 and 115, but there are also additional clones, such as the Joseph Swan and Calera selections. This is the last vintage of this, since the vineyard was purchased by Kendall-Jackson. But this wine, aged 15 months in 40% new French oak is delicious, sexy and well-made. Like all of the other Pinot Noirs, it’s 100% destemmed.

- Wine Advocate, Dec. 2015

91 Points
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2013

Light-scented mocha, espresso and dried berry flavors make this fuller and fruitier to drink, with rich wild berry, blueberry and underbrush accents. The oak and fruit elements work together in a harmonious way. Drink now through 2021.

- Wine Spectator, Sept. 2015

2011

90 Points
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2011

A lightly fragrant, delicate style, with vibrant cherry and raspberry notes, joined by a touch of anise. Ends with a clean, fruity, persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2022.

- Wine Spectator Insider, Feb. 19, 2014

2010

91 Points
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2010

A soft Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from one of the region's better known vineyards, this has thick fruit, yet it offers a silky counterpoint to the meatiness lurking in the background. With tart cherry and dark plum flavors, the wine has depth and finishes long and clean. V.B.

- Wine Enthusiat, March 2013

91 Points - Two Puffs
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2010

Richer and riper yet than the Davies Ferrington bottling, this one is full and somewhat fleshy in mouthfeel and a touch more direct in its construction. Its silky, smooth texture at entry does add to the notion that it will come into maturity in the next few years, but that will not prevent us from sticking a few bottles in our cellar. And, while it may not age for decades, it is not going to fall apart any time soon.

- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, Feb. 2013

90 Points
Davies Vineyards, Londer Vineyards, Anderson Valley 2010

Exhibits pure, rich layers of blackberry and wild berry, floral and spice notes, with touches of black licorice and cedar. Gains on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 286 cases made. –JL

- Wine Spectator, May 31, 2013

2009

93 Points
2009 Davies Vineyards "Londer Vineyard"

An extraordinarily elegant wine that will satisfy diehard Burgundians as well as fans of sweeter, riper Pinot Noir. It’s generous in cherries, raspberries, chocolate and smoky sandalwood, yet shows a mushroomy earthiness that adds rich complexity. It will not be surprising if this delicious wine ages well for at least six years.

- Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2012