Opening with a fragrant nose of rose water, pine duff, star anise and orange peel, this wine opens to entice the palate. A perfect balance of fruit flavors and savory notes, this Pinot Noir spreads across the palate with flavors of ripe cherry, plumb and cocoa. It has medium plus body and high tannins with a long, spreading finish not to be missed.
Our 2014 van der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir opens with fragrant aromas of rose petal and raspberry with a touch of star anise. Well-balanced flavors of ripe cherry, orange zest and blackberry with hints of bright cocoa and earthy plum skin spread across the palate. Medium bodied with firm tannins, this wine is immediately enjoyable but will also age beautifully over the next 5-7 years.
Family-owned by Martin, Dixie and Ulysses van der Kamp, this site sustains some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Sonoma County. Its terroir is unique in that fog banks from opposite sides meet and swirl overhead to form an opening through which the sun bathes the land to temper the cool mountain atmosphere, lending a unique microclimate. Myriad old-vine and Dijon clones are planted across
the property along with a small amount of Pinot Meunier, allowing the winemaker an opportunity to create a “blended” wine within the vineyard designate concept.
Hand harvested at night from September 12-23, this vintage includes clones 23, 828, Pinot Meunier, 777 and Old Vine. After harvest the grapes were fermented in open top fermenters with hand punch downs before being aged in 40% new French oak for 15 months.