2013 Angel Camp Pinot Noir
A great winemaking pleasure is tasting the character of the land from places of great beauty and emotional attachment. Such is certainly the case with our single vineyard offering from Anderson Valley. Angel Camp Vineyard is owned by Dan’s good friend Brian Zalaznick, who planted this 10-acre beauty in memory of his brother and family. It’s located west of Philo on a scenic knoll above the Navarro River and overlooking the valley. This cool neighborhood, combined with the gravelly slope of the site, excellent farming, and good karma of the owner make it wonderful for nurturing classic Anderson Valley Pinot: deep, plumy fruit and a voluptuousness that comes with well-ripened tannins. Brian planted the vineyard to an assortment (dare we say hodgepodge) of Dijon and heritage clones that combine to impart nuance and depth to the wine, and as the vineyard matures it’s getting even better. For our wine, we harvested Pommard for its richness, 828 for its bright fruit, and 667 for its concentration and focus. It’s a pleasure to work with fruit from a truly beautiful site, grown by a great character.
2013 was nearly a mirror image of the fantastic 2012 vintage, with a dry spring, early budbreak, and even ripening season. While it was an earlier season for many vineyards, Anderson Valley seems to hold on later and was picked in our last group of sites this harvest. The time on the vine brings out the luscious nature of the fruit, creating a wine with a particular plush richness we love from this area. The nose is dark plum and black cherry, with marionberries, lilac and sandalwood rounding out the aromatics. In the mouth, the candied cassis, red raspberry and dusky rose are followed by a long toffee and spice finish, lifted by bright Bing cherry. As has become a trademark of this wine, the back and forth between the dark and bright nature of the wine keeps you coming back for more. Try it with a goat Gouda cheese or roasted game birds. 459 cases produced.
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