Davis Family Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir, Campbell Ranch, Sonoma Coast
Item Number: 14882
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Sonoma Coast
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Campbell Ranch
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Soil Type: Calcareous coastal sandstone
Elevation: 1,000 feet
Terroir Notes: Campbell Ranch is located on the California coastline near the Sonoma and Mendocino County border near the town of Annapolis. This is the northern corner of the Sonoma Coast appellation. The proximity to the ocean keeps the vineyard site extremely cool, yet the elevation ensures continuous sunshine on the vines. Since it is so close to the ocean, Campbell Ranch is the longest and coolest growing season of any of Davis' vineyards. The length in growing season means depth and darkness in the fruit complexity, moving from Russian River's typical red fruit into classic Sonoma Coast dark fruit. The cooler season means vibrant acidity that becomes a beautiful backbone to support the darker fruit profile. Since this vineyard never reaches over 75 degrees due to heavy winds, the thickened skins have a delicious black tea character that complements slight salinity and light spice.
Winemaking Notes: This Pinot Noir ages 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 combination of barrel aging provides finesse and structure to the wine without overwhelming the varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir. Native yeast fermentation occurs in small, temperature controlled, open top fermentors. Gentle punch downs are done over a 3-4 week period, 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.