2014 pinot noir vdk
This is the brother to our Van der Kamp Vineyard bottling and represents the confluence of our experimental nature and passion for tradition. The wine in these two bottles comes from the same source, but each has taken a different path and not surprising, each has developed its own individual character.
The wine for both of these bottlings was racked to tank as a whole in June 2015 and then gravity fed back to barrels for another two months before being racked to tank again as a whole in August 2015. At this point two barrels were gravity filled from tank to age for another 12 months to be bottled in August 2016 under the VDK designation. Given the stark difference in storage vessels from August 2014 to August 2015 the wines have developed into a contrast of flavors and textures we could not be more excited to share.
It is our recommendation to open this wine along side our Van der Kamp Vineyard bottling
to experience the difference in aging technique for yourself.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
You will want to go on sniffing this wine that offers very pleasing aromas of cherry and earthy flora. Beautifully composed, with a succulent core of cherry fruit enhanced with notes of cola, spice and earth. Fresh and juicy, with pedigreed fruit flavors, an age worthy tannic backbone, impeccable oak integration, and a satisfying finish. Score: 93 - Prince of Pinot
Vineyard Source: van der Kamp
Clone: Dijon clones 777, 828, and a selection of La Tache
Harvest Date: September 2, and 5, 2014
Harvest Brix: 23.1˚Brix, 24.8 ˚Brix and 24.2 ˚Brix
Barrel Aged: 23 months
Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 25% new, 25% once used, and 50% more than
3 fills old for the first 11 months then 50% new and 50% once
used for the last 12 months.
Bottling Date: August 22, 2016
Production: 48 cases