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Winemaker Deborah Bennett spent an internship with winemaker Greg La Follette for two years and launched her own label with the 2010 vintage, releasing 84 cases of Van de Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir.
Cerridwen is the Celtic Goddess of the moon, symbolizing inspiration and transformation, the dual powers at play in the making of wine.
2010 Cerridwen Van der Kamp Vineyard Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir
14.4% alc., 84 cases, $54. Inaugural bottling. This vineyard sits at 1400 feet elevation. Soils are loam with volcanic and decomposed river bed components. Yields 1.5 to 2.0 tons per acre. Grapes were hand de-stemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast. Clones 828 and 23. Aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels with lees stirring. Unfined and unfiltered. Aged 12 months before release. Winemaker Deborah Bennett interned with winemaker Greg La Follette and worked a harvest in New Zealand before crafting her first wine. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Slight reduction upon opening blows off. Aromas of fresh, hi-tone cherries and cherry pit leading to lighter-weight flavors of cherries, raspberries, cranberries and a slight pharmaceutical note, offering a backbone of dusty, dry mountain tannins, finishing very dry with a kiss of cherry. Tasted two bottles. Good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »