Davis Family Vineyards 2018 Estate Pinot Noir, Soul Patch Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Davis Family Vineyards 2018 Estate Pinot Noir, Soul Patch Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Item Number: 14850

UPC: 0-794504658408

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Russian River Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Soul Patch Vineyard
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 388

Soul Patch Vineyard: In 1996, Guy and Judy Davis purchased the property on which Soul Patch Vineyard is planted. Guy planted the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Guy planted 7 acres at the top of the eastern-facing hillside with a combination of Pinot Noir clones: Pommard, Dijon 777, Dijon 667 and Dijon 115. Because of the east-facing slope, the vines bask in the gentle morning sun as it burns off the thick Pacific Ocean fog. The vines dodge the harsh afternoon sun, which leaves the clusters with bright natural acidity and layers of beautiful aromas and flavors. Guy and his son Cole have farmed the vineyard since its purchase. Only organic farming practices are used. The reasoning for this is simple; not only is this better for the planet and the consumer, but ultimately creates a more layered and complex wine.

Vinification: This Soul Patch Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the favorite barrels each vintage. The 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-years-old. This practice ensures that the Pinot Noir benefits from the finesse and structure of barrel aging without overwhelming the varietal characteristics. The grapes ferment in open-top ferment tanks using native yeast. Gentle punch downs are 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. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is not fined or filtered. A minimal amount of sulfites are added.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/3/2021)

    Medium ruby-purple, the 2018 Pinot Noir Soul Patch has a nose of black tea leaves and fragrant earth, with accents of raspberries, blueberries and red and purple flowers. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth and plush, with bright freshness and a perfumed finish.
  • The Prince of Pinot
    Rating: 97 (8/22/2021)

    Dark garnet color in the glass. Up-front aromas of blackberry, spice cake and Dr. Pepper. Mid-weight plus in style and very comforting in the mouth, with a glorious display of well-spiced, blueberry, olalliberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruit flavors framed by supportive, ripe tannins. Impeccable balance, finishing with the perfume of lovely Pinot must. Highly drinkable now, but the harmony and tannic backbone predict at least a 2-year life ahead. This beauty is like the gorgeous girl in school you always wanted to date.