Bottled unfined and gently filtered, the wine offers pretty aromas of fresh raspberries with hints of red cherry and cinnamon spice. Medium-bodied with flavors of ripe plum, black cherry and sassafras with hints of strawberry and cinnamon emerge on the palate. A core of zesty acidity and smooth, velvety tannins provide structure and depth.
Owners Barbara and Edmond Pascoe bought a rolling 18 acre property on the eastern edge of Bennett Valley, Sonoma County, California and named it Barbed Oak. A tongue in cheek reference to their first names, Barbed Oak Vineyard also alludes to the ancient oaks that dot the property. The 8.25 acre parcel was replanted in 2003 to Chardonnay, Dijon clone 95. In 2008, 4.22 acres were planted with Swan and Calera Pinot Noir clones. The vineyard soils are rocky and sandy loam with clay and volcanic tuff which are naturally low-yielding and offer excellent drainage. To ensure optimal fruit, farming is meticulous and the best 40% of the estate grapes are retained while the remainder is sold to highly regarded local wineries. The first vintage of Barbed Oak was 2009. The wines are produced at Punchdown Cellars in Santa Rosa by winemaker John Raytek. John has worked at some of the finest, artisanal wineries in the area including Flowers, Rhys Vineyards and Copain Wines. Barbara, Edmond and John are dedicated to crafting nuanced single-vineyard, coastal Californian expressions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
|Swan and Calera clones were hand-sorted, cold soaked for five days, fermented with wild yeasts and aged for 11 months in French oak (35% new).
|Barbed Oak Vineyard is perfectly situated on 18 acres in Sonoma County’s Bennett Valley appellation. Matanzas Creek runs right alongside our property, and we neighbor the Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Sonoma Valley growing regions. Our grapes benefit from the warm days and cool nights that produce remarkable Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.