Van der Kamp Vineyard
The Van der Kamp Vineyard lies at the very top of Sonoma Mountain, at a 1,400 foot elevation looking down on the town of Glen Ellen to the east and Bennett Valley to the northwest. It is possibly the oldest planting of Pinot Noir in the state, planted in the early 1950s.
The Van der Kamp family handpicks the grapes at night, and we deliver it to the winery just before sunrise. Depending on the vintage, we ferment a percentage of the grapes whole cluster. We allow the fermentation to begin with native yeast, and gently foot tread the fermentation two to three times per day. The wine is aged on the lees for 12 months in 30% new French oak, 70% neutral French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The 2013 Van der Kamp leads with high-toned red fruits, including red currant, cherry, plum and pomegranate. On the palate, red fruits are finely laced with rhubarb, orange zest, oolong tea and forest floor-earth notes. Effortless, charming and feminine—this wine is sure to impress.
The pinot noir vines in the Van Der Kamp Vineyard are sixty years-old, and Samantha Sheehan has fashioned an outstanding bottle from them in the 2013 vintage. The wine offers up a deep and very complex nose of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a lovely base of soil, blossoming notes of cola, a bit of cardamom, wood smoke and a touch of new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely transparent and light on its feet, with a sappy core, fine- grained tannins, sound acids and lovely length and grip on the silky and vibrant finish. This is really a very, very pretty bottle of pinot noir. 2015-2035. 92.” Gilman