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Russian River Valley
Hunt & Ryde Vineyard
Another celebration of a close friend named Guy, this vineyard fell into our lap after we began consulting for celebrity chef Guy Fieri. He had converted it to organic farming several years prior, and had been selling its graps to Williams Selyem. Our Hunt & Ryde Pinot Noir is a smooth and savory expression of warm-climate Pinot. Warm days and cool, foggy nights mean there is delicious concentration while maintaining floral and spice that balance each other perfectly. An organic vineyard near the Middle Ranch neighborhood of Russian River Valley, an area classified by calcareous and gravelly soul. This gives impressive minerality to bold fruit, with young acidity from a mid-September pick.
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.