Nobles Vineyard Pinot Noir
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.
“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
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,
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 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
- California Grapevine, Dec. 2011 - Jan. 2012