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2012 Couloir Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir

2012 Couloir Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir

SOLD OUT - With a darkly colored core and striking aromas of blueberries, blackberries, dark plums and forest floor, the 2012 Campbell Ranch speaks well of its origin deep in the west Sonoma Coast. Floral notes of violets and lavender weave seamlessly through the spice components. The palate is round and rich, with soft tannins to guide the long, smooth finish. (Rated 94 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine)

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The 2012 Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir shows depth of color and aroma from the first pour. Deep blue and purple hues fill the glass and are followed by rich aromas of blueberries, blackberries, dark plums, violets and lavender. The wine sits well on the palate - mouth-filling, yet finessed and delicate. The synergies between the tannins and the acids keep the wine lively, fresh and focused. The finish is long and concentrated, showing flavors of dark fruits, spice and a touch of oak. 


Planted in 2002 and located in the remote coastal mountains near Annapolis along the northern Sonoma Coast appellation, Campbell Ranch perches among the redwoods at  750ft. above sea level. The vineyard is located on the third ridge inland from the Pacific Ocean, about five miles from the coastline, and is comprised of Gold Ridge soils. The vineyard rows run northwest to southeast on a relatively flat exposure, about three miles from the southern edge of Mendocino County. Campbell Ranch is considered a maritime or coastal vineyard - fog, salty sea air, and ocean breezes are everpresent. Ulises Valdez, the preeminent vineyard manger in the Sonoma Coast AVA, farms the vineyard for Couloir Wines.


Each of the three Pinot Noir clones (777, 667 & 115) was hand-harvested separately into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to the winery. We feathered dry ice into the bins to prevent spoilage and oxidation, and let the fruit rest in cold storage for a 24-hour period before hand-sorting and processing.  Half the fruit was fermented as whole clusters to add a layer of complexity and maintain the wine's bright flavor and taste profile. The grapes received a cold soak for seven days to extract maximum color from the Pinot Noir skins, while the chill prevented the start of fermentation. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration, warming and activating the native yeasts. One gentle punch down per day minimized tannin extraction from the skins, allowing the stem tannins to provide the wine’s structure. The grapes were then pressed and the wine was gravity-fed into eight French oak barrels, three of which were new. The barrels were initially stirred three times over a six-week period. The wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.


Variety 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard Campbell Ranch
Production 135 cases
Optimal Maturity 2014 - 2022
Harvest Date 9/27/12
Barrel Aging 11 months, 20% new French Oak
Alcohol 14.2%
Acid 5.0g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant

Wine Specs

Vintage 2012
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation Campbell Ranch
Wine Enthusiast 94