The 2016 Janes Vineyard Pinot Noir has a lovely ruby red hue with aromas of black cherry, plum and earth. On the palate, this medium bodied wine begins with a wild brambly berry note along with purple floral characters and baking spices that shine through with balance, acidity and a long lingering finish. Warm, bright and full of flavor, the Janes Pinot Noir is a wonderful combination of fruit, earth and spice. Enjoy this wine with a warm beet salad, wild mushroom pasta or a roasted pork loin.
The vines at Janes 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.
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 Janes Vineyard are hand-picked in the early morning hours and de-stemmed mostly to stainless steel tanks with a small amount in puncheons, macro bins and small concrete tanks. Cold soaking takes for about 5 days, followed by fermentation with native yeasts for extra complexity. The 2016 Janes Vineyard Pinot Noir was aged for a year in 87% French and 13% Hungarian oak barrels from the finest coopers, 25% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late March.