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2014 Couloir Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

2014 Couloir Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast


Wine Enthusiast Magazine 94 Points, Editors' Choice: "This is a beautifully bold wine, tannic and brimming in supportive oak that speaks to an age-worthy potential for cellaring. Crisp wisps of orange and red cherry meet a touch of smoked meat and wild sage to memorable affect, a taste of the sauvage that's hard to beat." 

PinotFile 92 Points: "Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Highly enjoyable in every way, with enchanting aromas of blackberry liquor, plum, soy sauce and subtle oak. Mid weight flavors of ripe black cherry and purple berries are accented with a hint of toasty oak and Asian spices. Suave in the mouth with soft tannins, leading to a bright, gifted finish that leaves a little alcoholic heat in its wake. Score: 92"

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The 2014 Campbell Ranch is perfectly ripened Pinot Noir. Filled with energy and crispness, the reddish purple color leads to aromas of cranberry, sour cherry, and red currants. Palate-staining flavors of dark cherries and wild red berries mingle with plum; and, there is evidence of the old growth coastal conifers that surround the vineyard. Lifted by notes of blueberry and spice, the finish is concentrated and persistent. This wine shows a balance between structure, definition and restraint.


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 162 cases
Optimal Maturity 2016 - 2024
Harvest Date 9/8/14
Barrel Aging 12 months, 30% new French Oak
Alcohol 14.2%
Acid 5.7g/L
Winemaker Jon Grant

Wine Specs

Vintage 2014
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Alcohol % 14.2