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2015
Pinot Noir

Jane's Vineyard
Russian River Valley

35.00 750ml

Taste Profile

The 2015 Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir has a lovely ruby red hue with aromas cherry, plum, black tea and minerality. On the palate there is a wild berry component along with dark cherries and vanilla that shine through with balance, acidity and a long lingering finish. Warm, bright and full of flavor, the Jane's Pinot Noir is a wonderful combination of fruit, earth and spice.

Vineyard

The vines at Jane's Vineyard generally show moderated vigor in their growth habit, mainly due to the acidic, nutrient poor soil and good drainage from the gravelly loam. The Huichica soil is shallow, with a hardpan at a low depth, so we planted on 101-14 rootstock which has a shallower rooting angle to match the soil profile. Correspondingly, the vines get water stressed, which we watch closely during the warmer months of the summer.

Style

Winemaking is light handed, with timely and deliberate choices made to craft a wine that genuinely reflects the vineyard and vintage. We like our Pinot delicate and graceful, with all elements in balance. We strive for complexity and interest, and above all deliciousness. All of the blocks at Jane's Vineyard are hand-picked in the early morning hours, de-stemmed to stainless steel tanks for cold soaking, followed by fermentation with native yeasts for extra complexity. The 2015 Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir was aged in 100% French oak barrels from the finest coopers, 21% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late January.

Harvest Date
08.18.15 - 09.07.15
Avg. Brix at Harvest
25.1 Brix
Oak Aging
12 months in French oak barrels, 21% new
ALC
14.5%
PH
3.55
TA
0.62 g/100mL
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
The Harvest
Late winter rainstorms and a warm January - including a record breaking 80°F day - perhaps helped to trick the vines into getting an early start. Pinot buds at Jane's vineyard swelled during the third week of Feb, and so we were again thinking already of an early harvest months down the road. After several years of higher yields, the vines took a rest and produced a smaller crop. Periods of coolness were punctuated by heat spikes in late June, causing a little burn on the skins, and a heat wave in mid-August, which resulted in grape sugars climbing quickly. Harvest commenced very early, on August 18.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Jane's Vineyard
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (Consulting)
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
Oak Aging
12 months in French oak barrels, 21% new

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