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Brian Zalaznick lost his older brother, his brother's wife and their three sons in a tragic airplane crash in 2004. Brian was looking to find something in his life that offered renewal. He was living in Somona at the time completing an internship at a winery. He heard of a property for sale in Philo owned by a family of homesteaders from Oklahoma. The property was in disarray with remnants of a dormant Christmas tree operation. Brian decided that resurrecting the property and planting a vineyard could channel his sadness and loss into a lasting homage.
The Angel Camp property was bought in 2005 and planted to 12 acres (9 clones) of Pinot Noir in 2006. The vineyard is managed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management.
The winemaker is Jon Keyes, an assistant winemaker at Outpost where he learned from Thomas Brown. He became the winemaker at Poe where he was introduced to Angel Camp Vineyard. He oversaw the 2011, 2012 and 2013 vintages at Angel Camp Vineyards. Beginning in 2014, the winemaker became Phil Baxter when Keyes joined Goldeneye as winemaker.
Grapes are also sold to Dutton-Goldfield and Donum Estate.
2012 Angel Camp Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., 353 cases, $55. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Appealing aromas of black cherries, plum and dried herbs. Soft and smooth on the palate with a plethora of dark stone fruits and berries with an earthy undertone. The tannins are integrated and the finish is generous and pleasing. Score: 92. Reviewed July 28, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Angel Camp Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 250 cases, $52. Released June 1, 2013. Angel Camp is a 12-acre vineyard located in the Deep End of the Anderson Valley nestled between the Navarro River and Highway 128. Planted in 2006 to 9 different clones. 5 clones in this wine: 777, David Bruce, Martini, Pommard and Swan. Winemaker Jon Keyes. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, aged in 40% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate light reddish-purple color and slight haze (unfiltered) in the glass. Aromas of oak, sandalwood and baking spices. Vivid cherry and red plum flavors with a heavy tug of oak, and a refreshing finish with a good cut of acidity. A little flat and should benefit from another 6-12 months in bottle. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »