2017 Campbell Ranch ~ Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast ~ 750 ml
The California coast wine gods smiled upon the Campbell Ranch in 2017. A well-timed burst of sun and warmth resulted in this uber complex, deep garnet colored Sonoma Coast bottling. There's complexity from the start with a nose that veers from fresh plum, bramble and blackberry at the start to more fine-tuned hibiscus and red fruits as the wine opens. The same ripe purple fruits and well-integrated toasty oak notes drive the flavor profile at the outset. But as the wine breathes the coastal influence emerges with more red fruit flavors, saltiness and fresh forest floor. The wine has serious structure – acidity, fine tannin – and nice heft with a bit more juiciness than is typical at this stage of the game. Intense and satisfying now, this one has the potential to age like a champ.
This wonderful vineyard is located near the town of Annapolis on the northern Sonoma Coast, also known as the “True Sonoma Coast’. Campbell Ranch lies right on the fog line at 750 feet above sea level in a very remote area. This vineyard was planted with Dijon clones 667 and 777 in 2000 in low vigor soils. We are always thrilled with the results and know you will be too.
11 months in Francois Fréres French Oak, 50% new, 50% 1-2 year old