Vineyard: Doc's Ranch

Doc's Ranch
OwnersAndrea Sheets, Bryon Sheets
AppellationSonoma Coast
StoryStory: Nestled among giant California Redwoods overlooking the Pacific Ocean. One of the coolest vineyard sites in all of Sonoma County. The vineyard is named after "Doc" Van Alstyne, a long time resident, and former landowner of acreage encompassing this ridge in Occidental (including the parcels where this vineyard is located). Dates planted: 1999 and 2010 Acres: 9 Location: True Sonoma Coast, about 10 miles west of Occidental on Fitzpatrick Lane, one of the two famous ridges producing world-class Pinot Noir (the other ridge being Taylor Lane). Four miles inland from the coast, the the Pacific Ocean and Pt. Reyes seashore easily visible from Doc's Ranch Vineyard. Aspect: southern exposure, approximately 15-25 degree slopes on average, elevation rises to nearly 1000 feet above sea level. Varieties: Pinot Noir (8 acres) and Chardonnay (1 acre) Clones: Swan, Calera, 114 and Pommard 5 (Pinot Noir); 5 (Chardonnay) Trellis/Spacing: 7' x 4' and 7' x 3' Wineries: Evening Land Vineyards (2006-2009) and Red Car (2010 and beyond), bottled as a vineyard designate
VarietiesPinot Noir

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2013 Red Car Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

12.5% alc., TA 0.51, 75 cases, $68. This vineyard is located at 900 feet elevation, 4.7 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Swan clone planted in Yorkville loam soil. Average Harvest Brix 21.8º. 10% whole cluster. Aged 12 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Aromas of red fruits, wilted rose and spice lead to a lightly weighted palate of cranberry, strawberry and raspberry fruits. Very delicate, with good cut on the very modest finish. A very pretty wine that is well-crafted, but doesn’t have enough to hold my full attention. Apparently this was all the vineyard could give in this vintage. Score: 89. Reviewed November 22, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »