Dark ruby with some orange hue and beautiful clarity. On the nose a blast of red-black fruits – black plum, cherries and black raspberries with juicy currants, red roses and Asian spices. On the palate, there is generous, velvety, sweet fruit on the entry. Soft round mouth coating of hard candied flavors and dried rose petal gives way to sweet and savory brown spiced pan drippings. The mid palate is vigorous and leads into the long lingering finish of cola and black tea with integrated tannins and spices. There are many complex yet cohesive aspects of this wine.
Balanced and complex, this wine is drinkable now, but should age nicely for another 10+ years.
This is a muscular wine, showing concentrated red-black fruits.
Clone: UCD 23, La Tache, Old Vine, 777
Rootstock: 3309, St. George, 1103 Paulsen
100% destemmed Pinot Noir, 5 day cold soak, native fermentation in open-top, fermenters – keeping clones separate. Two punch-downs per day. Inoculated with Chris Hansen -16 for malolactic fermentation. 100% French oak, 35% new. 17 months in barrel – just before bottling I chose the best blend of barrels which consisted of 67% UCD 23 and La Tache, 33% 777 and Old Vine.
TA 5.9 g/L
Harvested: 9/6/17 and 9/16/17
Produced: 68 cases
Released: Fall 2021
The van der Kamp vineyard is located on the eastern side of Sonoma Mountain, 2400 feet above sea level. The vineyard has northern exposure and is influenced by two fog banks – the Petaluma Gap and one from The Bay. The farm is 60 acres with 20 acres under vine. Soil Types: Speckled loam, Volcanic Tuff and decomposed streambed. Most of the vines are 40+ years old.