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2015
Pinot Noir

Jane's Vineyard
Russian River Valley

55.00 750mL

Taste Profile

The 2015 Dijon 667 Clone of Pinot Noir has a medium hue with aromas and flavors of cherry, black tea and warmed earth with a well acid-balanced mouthfeel. The lush rich and creamy mouthfeel on the palate is balanced nicely with a touch of mocha and toasty baking spices on the finish.

Vineyard

The vines at Janes Vineyard generally show moderate 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. The Clone 667 block vine rows are oriented just off of east/west so the grapes get more sun on one side than the other, and the picking decision is about finding the balance between the riper southern side and lesser ripe northern side.

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 Janes 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 Janes Vineyard Clone 667 Pinot Noir was aged in 100% French oak barrels from the finest coopers, 20% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and finished in early December.

Harvest Date
8.22.2015
Avg. Brix at Harvest
24.5 Brix
Oak Aging
14 months in French oak barrels, 20% new
ALC
14.87%
PH
3.59
TA
0.56 g/100mL
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
The Harvest
Late winter rainstorms and a warm January including a record breaking 80F day perhaps helped to trick the vines into getting an early start. Pinot buds at Janes 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 22. Our yield this vintage for the Clone 667 was lower than normal at 1.5 tons per acre, on 10 foot rows.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Jane's Vineyard
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
Oak Aging
14 months in French oak barrels, 20% new

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