When you think of extreme Sonoma Coast wines sourced from Doc’s Ranch Vineyard, think of intensive fruit flavor and a minerally earthiness, balanced by bright acidity. These are wines that are naturally complex, highly aromatic, nuanced with multiple layers of flavor, and supported by lower alcohol levels. They make you stop and think about what you’re tasting. And they pair exceptionally well with food.
We are fortunate to work with several esteemed winemakers that craft vineyard-designated wines from Doc’s Ranch Vineyard. They know how to coax the very best out of our fruit and turn it into a unique reflection of its origin. For us, it is all about our relationships with these winemakers. They impart a unique voice to our viticultural practices, and lend us their knowledge of how best to express our site’s unique traits in the fruit.
You can acquire these wines in select restaurants, or by joining their mailing lists and/or visiting their tasting rooms.
2014 Red Car Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
93 Points | Wine & Spirits Magazine, April 2018; Voted One of the Year’s Best Pinot Noirs
(12.2% alcohol): “You can feel the coastal cool the minute you smell it, the scent like wind blowing over a field of sage and lavender. The flavors are as transparent as its light, bright red color would suggest – vibrant and foresty, with the clean, mouthwatering snap of fresh cranberries.”
2012 Red Car Wine Company Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Antonio Galloni, Jan 2015
(13.4% alcohol): “The 2012 Pinot Noir Doc’s Ranch Vineyard is soft, open and highly expressive… Sweet tobacco, dried cherries and spices meld together in a pliant, expressive Pinot to drink now and over the next few years. Floral and savory notes suggest whole clusters, but the 2012 was made entirely from destemmed fruit. This is a decidedly perfumed, mid-weight Pinot Noir from Red Car.”
2011 Red Car Wine Company Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2013
(12.1% alcohol): “Vivid ruby-red. Seductive aromas of raspberry, cherry-cola and fresh rose, with Asian spice and anise accents building with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit flavors and a suave floral quality. Shows impressive energy and clarity on the finish, which features a zesty blood orange nuance.”
2010 Red Car Wine Company Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
“Vivid red. Sexy, complex nose offers redcurrant, raspberry, fresh rose, minerals and a hint of rhubarb. Lively acidity gives energy and lift to zesty red fruit and spicecake flavors. Silky and pliant, gaining sweetness with air and finishing long and lively, with silky tannins and lingering notes of flowers and herbs.”
2009 Evening Land Vineyards Pinot Noir Doc’s Ranch Vineyard Sonoma Coast
95 Points | Wine & Spirits Magazine, Oct 2011
“The scent of this wine takes on a life of its own, pulling toward the coast with hints of kelp and seaweed, toward the dairy farms of Sonoma’s coastal hills, centered on a juicy core that’s complex rather than directly fruity or overtly sweet. It rises out of the glass in resonant layers of spice, beef bouillon, bright red tomato skin and darker, earthy notes in the tannin. Those vines offer a profound take on the far Sonoma coast, a wine that gains increasing depth as it takes on air, one that should perform well in the cellar.”
92 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
“Bright ruby-red. Sexy, highly perfumed nose displays raspberry preserves, candied rose, star anise, white pepper and a hint of woodsmoke. Clean, succulent red berry and floral pastille flavors show depth as well as energy and snap. Sharply delineated, youthful and very fresh, finishing with excellent clarity and persistence. This is delicious now.”