2012 Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast ~ Campbell Ranch

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Winemaker's Notes:

This is our fourth release of wine from this unique and wonderful vineyard. 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 thrilled with the  results and know you will be too.

We have carefully refined our winemaking techniques in a way that defines our unique Pinot Noirs, separating the grapes by clone during fermentation and  aging. This gives us many more blending options. We cold soak the grapes two to three days before adding several different types of yeast, cultured specifically for Pinot Noir. During the seven to twelve days it takes to ferment, we hand-punch each fermenter, sometimes as often as five or six time a day to  ensure that the temperature doesn’t get too warm. Once the juice is fermented, we press the fruit and move the wine into Francois Frères French oak barrels, and then age for 11 months before bottling.


Tasting Notes:

Light ruby in color, with a fresh nose of watermelon rind and tart cherry nose.  This is a beautiful expression of the uniqueness of Sonoma Coast.  On the palate the entry leads to refreshing notes of watermelon, strawberry and spice with vibrant acidity.  It's an elegant wine that will pair well with many dishes. Drink now through 2022.


Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date
September 17 - 21, 2012
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
10 months in François Frères French oak, 60% new, 40% 1 & 2-year-old
825 cases / 750 ml 16 cases / 1.5L

2012 Pinot Noir ~ Sonoma Coast ~ Campbell Ranch