Library 2014 Angel Camp Vineyard Pinot Noir
Angel Camp Vineyard
Aged 11 months in French oak (50% new barrels)
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 special Pinot 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 and good karma of the owner, make it wonderful for nurturing classic Anderson Valley Pinot: deep, plumy fruit, fresh acidity, and a voluptuousness that comes with well-ripened tannins. Brian planted the vineyard to an assortment (dare we say hodgepodge) of our favorite Dijon and heritage clones that combine to impart nuance and depth to the wine. 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.