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Vineyard: Horseshoe Bend

AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2011 Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $50. This vineyard is situated on a ridge top at the crown of the sub region of the Russian River Valley known as Occcidental Ridge on the extreme western edge of the appellation. Elevation of the vineyard is about 1,200 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 result is small, concentrated clusters and dark rich color in every vintage. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very fragrant and intoxicating upon opening with aromas of black cherries, spice, red licorice and oak. Deeply flavored black cherry core with accents of toasted oak, clove and cardamom spice and an earthy undertone. The chiseled tannins provide structural balance, the acidity is well integrated, and the juicy finish has notable intensity and persistence. Score: 91. Reviewed October 27, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Paul Mathew Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.59, 114 cases, $45. Released November 1, 2012. This vineyard was planted in 1996 in Goldridge soils. Dijon 113. Aged 10 months in 50% new French oak barrels. · Light reddish color in the glass. The most aromatic wine in the lineup with high-spirited aromas of cherries, cranberries and rhubarb. Relatively light in weight but highly flavorful. Plenty of pinot singing in this wine with delicious spiced red plum, raspberry and cherry flavors. A bit unusual tasting in a good way. Well-rounded with supple tannins, a good cut of acidity, subtle oak in the background, and a finish that will not let go. Not as loaded as the TNT bottling, but equally satisfying. Reviewed December 8, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $50. A ridge top cool vineyard above the town of Occidental at 1000 feet above the fog banks of the Russian River Valley below. The coolest and most coastal of the three Davis vineyard designates. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Savory on the nose and palate featuring blueberry, dark cherries and purple berries. Relatively elegant and light in weight, with an amazing finish of flamboyant black cherry fruit. Wow! Exceptional. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 225 cases, $42. From a ridgetop vineyard close to the Pacific Ocean on the western flank of the Russian River Valley AVA. A cool site above the Russian River Valley fog line, creating long days of sunlight and a darker, masculine expression of Pinot Noir. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Brooding nose initially, offering dark red berry, black stone fruit, and oak-driven roasted nut and vanillin aromas. Opens slowly over time in the glass becoming glorious with the oak notes moving to the background and fresh, ripe, and spicy dark fruits coming to the foreground. Medium-weighted flavors of plum reduction sauce, black currants, raw beef and a hint of tar and oak. This wine has a unique feral attitude and an unmistakable sense of terroir that grabs your interest. Polished and seamless with soft tannins, this wine will be even more expressive with more time in the bottle. Reviewed November 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Davis Family Vineyards Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $42 (but available for as little as $32 in retail marketplace). · This wine pleases with aromas of dark stone fruits, including spiced prunes. Highly enjoyable flavors of dark berries, dark stone fruits, stewed prunes and dark chocolate. Sappier and riper than the Soul Patch bottling, but not jammy, and possessing the same harmony and silky texture. Typical warm weather Pinot. Very good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Acacia Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 357 cases, $65. · Very shy aromatics offering black cherry, sage, hay and a touch of alcohol. Dark stone fruits and berries on the palate with a dry and hot finish. Light and elegant. Reviewed August 4, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Acacia Horseshoe Bend Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $65. · Subdued, but pleasant aromas of candied Bing cherries and raspberries. Light and demure with soft berry fruit touched by cola and spice. A very pleasant drink which is a little warm from the alcohol. Reviewed June 16, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »