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The 2013 Sonoma Coast comes from both Horseshoe Bend vineyard, high up on Occidental Ridge and Campbell Ranch vineyard, located just outside of the town of Annapolis. This is the first time we have ever done a blend with these two unique Pinots and the result is magical- combining a streak of earthiness from the Horseshoe with the elegance and depth of the Campbell Ranch. The result boasts a beautiful texture, lush fruit and a lingering, dreamy finish.
Campbell Ranch Vineyard is located just west of the town of Annapolis in the Northern corner of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Site is everything to us – this vineyard is a premier example. The vineyard is perched at 1,000 ft elevation, above the fog, clouds and the Pacific coastline. The proximity to the ocean keeps the vineyard site extremely cool, yet the elevation ensures continuous sunshine on the vines. The soil is calcareous coastal sandstone and closely spaced vines are planted to multiple Dijon clones. All of these factors combined help deliver a beautiful Pinot Noir – bright acidity, balanced yet rich vibrant fruit and refined mouth coating tannins.
2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair: Double Gold
At Davis Family Vineyards we strive to highlight the unique characteristics that make fruit from each vineyard, from each varied mico-climate, so very special and unique. All of our Pinot Noir is aged in French oak for 10 months. 1/3 of the barrels are new, 1/3 are one year old, and 1/3 are 2 year old. In doing so, we are able to benefit from the finesse and structure of barrel aging, while not overwhelming the varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir.
Guy tastes through and then hand selects his favorite barrels for the single vineyard bottling of the Soul Pacth Pinot Noir. The remaining barrels are then used in our Russian River Valley blend.
The fermentation was conducted using native yeast in small, temperature controlled, open top fermentors. Gentle punch downs were done over a 3-4 week fermentation, after a 5-7 day cold soak. The Pinot is then pressed and transferred directly into barrel, using gravity flow.