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Located high north on the California coastline near the Sonoma and Mendocino county border near the town of Annapolis. Since it is so close to the ocean, Camppbell Ranch is the longest and coolest growing season of any of our vineyards. The length in growing season means depth and darkness in the fruit complexity, moving from Russian River's typical red fruit into classic Sonoma Coast dark fruit. The cooler season means vibrant acidity that becomes a beautiful backbone to support the darker fruit profile. Since this vineyard never reaches over 75 degrees due to heavy winds, the thickened skins have a delicious black tea character that complments slight salinity and light spice.
At Davis Family Vineyards we strive to highlight the unique characteristics that make fruit from each vineyard, from each varied mico-climate, so very special and unique. All of our Pinot Noir is aged in French oak for 10 months. 1/3 of the barrels are new, 1/3 are one year old, and 1/3 are 2 year old. In doing so, we are able to benefit from the finesse and structure of barrel aging, while not overwhelming the varietal characteristics of Pinot Noir.
The fermentation was conducted using native yeast in small, temperature controlled, open top fermentors. Gentle punch downs were done over a 3-4 week fermentation, after a 5-7 day cold soak. The Pinot is then pressed and transferred directly into barrel, using gravity flow.