Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label

Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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The Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is the coolest and most coastal of the three Vineyard Designates. The vineyard is a ridge top site at the crown of the sub-region known as Occidental Ridge, located on the extreme western edge of the Russian River Valley appellation, above the coastal town of Occidental. Cool ocean breezes create a bright, firm acidity in the Pinot, while the elevation allows for enough warmth to ripen the tiny clusters, as it sits above the famous fog banks of the Russian River Valley below. The small concentrated clusters give the wine a unique structure and texture while adding a streak of earthiness and darker spices.

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Pretty in violet and rose petals this is a lower-octane Pinot Noir for the winery. Exquisitely rendered in spicy dark cherry and soft, supple tannins, it hails from a cool, coastal vineyard site 1,000 feet atop Occidental Ridge, the coolest source of grapes for Davis.
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Davis Family Vineyards is located on a ridge top in the center of California's renowned Russian River Valley. They have Zinfandel vines that were planted in 1896, and young hillside plantings of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay. They also make a few barrels of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon with grapes from friends like the Dutton Family, who have deliciously distinctive vineyards.

This is a small family winery that thinks everything matters from vineyard to bottle. Only small lots of wine are produced and literally each and every one are handcrafted. They are passionate in their pursuit and believe wine is an essential element in a rich and wonderful life---adding a delicious layer to both meals and to friendships.

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A standout region for its decidedly Californian take on Burgundian varieties, the Russian River Valley is named for the eponymous river that flows through it. While there are warm pockets of the AVA, it is mostly a cool-climate growing region thanks to breezes and fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign supreme in Russian River, with the best examples demonstrating a unique combination of richness and restraint. The cool weather makes Russian River an ideal AVA for sparkling wine production, utilizing the aforementioned varieties. Zinfandel also performs exceptionally well here. Within the Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. The former, farther from the ocean, is relatively warm, with a focus on red and white Bordeaux varieties. The latter is the coolest, foggiest parcel of the Russian River Valley and is responsible for outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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EPC26734_2012 Item# 164632

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