Barbed Oak Vineyard Pinot Noir Zara's Block
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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.