Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Region Carneros
Winemaker Jon Priest

The Deer Camp Vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch is located on a southwest facing slope of two blocks we refer to as the Pinot Bowl. Featuring distinctive rocky, well-drained soils of Kidd Stony Loam, the site is planted mostly to the Martini clone of Pinot Noir, which produces thick-skinned, pulpy grapes that hold up well to the fog and wind that blow through this cool climate vineyard. This small vineyard was named after an old deer camp structure that stands at the base of this site.

Winemakers Tasting Note

Balanced, dynamic and robust, our 2014 Deer Camp Pinot Noir is emblematic of the distinctive rocky vineyard site where it is grown in Grace Benoist Ranch. Concentrated notes of blueberry, boysenberry, and mulberry are complemented by anise, black pepper and allspice. Crushed rock minerality and structured tannins add further complexity on the palate.

487 cases produced.

About the Vintage

Despite drought conditions, the 2014 vintage proved to be ideal, with excellent quality reminiscent of 2012. The winter was one of the driest on record in California, but substantial rains in early spring were timely and set up the vines for a strong start. Summer temperatures were milder than expected with no extremes, and after early bud break and veraison, harvest was unusually early in 2014.

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