The van der Kamp family embraces natural farming and non-invasive techniques. The vineyard has a great amount of variation in soil types, slopes, and sun and wind exposure. Warm days are cooled by foggy nights allowing optimal conditions for rich flavor and balanced acidity to develop.
A stunning ruby hue in the glass, our 2015 van der Kamp Pinot Noir offers enticing aromatics of rose petal and brambleberry. Rich flavors of ripe cherry, dusty plum and orange zest are complemented by earthy notes of shiitake mushroom and a touch of cocoa. Beautifully balanced with firm tannins and medium body, this wine is immediately enjoyable but will also age gracefully 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, resulting in a unique microclimate. Myriad of 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 this vintage includes clones 777, La Tache, Old Vine and 113 blended with 8% Pinot Meunier. After harvest the grapes were fermented in open top fermenters with hand punch downs before being aged in 33% new French oak for 15 months.