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Russian River Valley
Horseshoe Bend Vineyard
The Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is the coolest and most coastal of our 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.
Wine Enthusiast - 91pts. "Soft, silky and made in a delicate style, Horseshoe is all about forested Earth, black tea and truffle, a delicate lining of orange peel accented in the background. The tannins are well-managed and subtle, with the right amount of oak letting the minterality of the wine speak softly but surely."
2015 Houston International Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD, CLASS CHAMPION
Wine Enthusiast - 91pts.
2016 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD
The Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is located in the Occidental Ridge subregion, on the extreme western edge of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard is situated on a ridgetop at the crown of the subregion, above the coastal town of Occidental.
The elevation of the Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is at approximately 1200 feet, keeping it above the fog line on most days. This location enjoys much lower overall temperatures due to the coastal influence, yet has full sun exposure throughout the day. The Pinot Noir grown in this vineyard grows in small, concentrated clusters, with firm acidity and a dark, rich co
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.
Guy tastes through and then hand selects his favorite barrels for the single vineyard bottling of the Soul Pacth Pinot Noir. The remaining barrels are then used in our Russian River Valley blend.
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.