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The Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is their coolest and most coastal of the three Vineyard Designates. The vineyard sits at the summit of the ridgeline above the town of Occidental. At this elevation above 1000 feet, even with the cool ocean breezes, the vineyard gathers enough warmth to ripen these tiny Pinot clusters because it sits above the famous fog banks of the Russian River Valley below. Those oceans breezes also add to the flavor packed skins of the grapes by making them slightly thicker to protect against the winds; this character adds a unique structure and texture to the wine and adds a streak of earthiness and darker spices in most vintages.
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