2014 pinot noir van der kamp vineyard
A medium ruby color introduces a complex bouquet dominated by aromas of ripe raspberries, white flowers, blood orange, and smoked meats. Similar flavors decorated with a tar or resin characteristic sweep across the palate. Chewy tannins and a mineral laced finish hint at its mountain side origins. Designed to age this wine should provide exceptional drinking experiences for the next 8 or more.
"This Pinot Noir is unlike anything you have had in some time. It takes layers of earth and barnyard to ethereal levels alongside disgustingly rich fruit and then equalizes everything with a Burgundian framework of equally complex structure. It changes so drastically across the full dimension of just one sip it is intimidating to keep up. This is NOT a wine you pour yourself a glass of and merely drink. Hell, I don’t even think I could READ while sipping this. It demands your attention, sits you down and slaps you across the face, then smothers you with kisses. Such a refreshing wine. Gone are the root-beers of SMV and the Kool-aids of Carneros. Forget the ripe musk of RRV and the root-bound astringency of AV. Somewhere between the Range-Rover Santa Rita Hills, the FJ40 Santa Lucia Highlands and the Subaru of Oregon, this Sonoma Mountain exists on a plane no one can touch. Don’t talk to me about Pinot until you have had this wine." - Soif Knows
93 Points - Robert Parker / Wine Advocate
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
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: 11 months
Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 25% new, 25% once used, 50% more than 3 fills old.
Bottling Date: August 11, 2015
Production: 98 cases