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2014 Couloir Wines John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
The Sta. Rita Hills AVA showcases a rare east-west transverse valley, with a continuum of climatic and geological features influenced by its direct access to the Pacific Ocean. John Sebastiano Vineyard is one of the newest plantings in the AVA and is located on the far eastern edge. This vineyard rides the leading edge of Pinot Noir viticulture with the latest clones, high-density vine spacing and a variety of microclimates. Cool, windy, and marine-influenced, the vineyard’s limited yields and steep slopes deliver intensely concentrated flavors. The vineyard faces directly into strong Pacific Ocean winds that cool the fruit,  leading to smaller clusters with smaller berries, and better skin-to-juice ratios. Darker with rich fruit flavors, Sebastiano Pinot Noir demonstrates hints of minerality with bright and balanced acidity.

2014 Couloir Wines Chileno Valley Vineyard, Marin County
Situated on the southern border of the Petaluma Gap in Marin County, and bordering Sonoma County to the north, the climate of the Chileno Valley Vineyard is influenced by two bodies of water; the Pacific Ocean along Marin’s west coast, and the San Pablo Bay along its southern flank. While bud break often happens earlier in this area compared with other California grape growing regions, the constant gentle salt-air winds provide for Marin’s cool, maritime climate which sweeps over verdant rolling hillsides to provide one of the longest growing seasons in the state. The soils of Chileno Valley Vineyard include patches of the Steinbeck soil series and eroded sandstone offering a complex fruit profile and minerality.

2014 Couloir Wines Monument Tree, Anderson Valley
Named for the landmark redwood tree that looms like a proud parent over the vineyard, Monument Tree was planted in 1999 to Dijon clones. The soils are comprised of gravelly loam which lends a unique, site-specifid black spice character with a brilliant spine of bright acidity. This low vigor site was originally planted by Napa Valley’s famed Duckhorn Vineyards and is now owned by Twomey Cellars. Situated in the Deep End of Anderson Valley, this is the definition of a true, cool climate vineyard. The east and northeast facing aspects of the vineyard allow the fruit to enjoy morning light, while avoiding the heat of the afternoon sun. Organically farmed, this is a quintessential, premiere cru vineyard for Anderson Valley.

2014 Couloir Wines Campbell Ranch, Sonoma Coast
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.