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2017
Pinot Noir

Jane's Vineyard
Russian River Valley

55.00 750mL

Taste Profile

The 2017 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. Pair this delicious Pinot Noir with polenta covered in a mushroom sauce or slow cooked pork tenderloin in a wine reduction sauce

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 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 above all deliciousness. All of the blocks at Jane's Vineyard are 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 2017 Jane's Vineyard Clone 667 Pinot Noir was aged in 100% French oak barrels from the finest coopers, 16% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and finished in late November.

Harvest Date
September 2, 2017
Avg. Brix at Harvest
25.7 Brix
Oak Aging
15 months in French oak barrels, 16% new
ALC
14.5%
PH
3.73
TA
0.65 g/100mL
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
The Harvest
The local record for precipitation was set during the winter and spring of 2016-2017 as waves of showers swept over northern California, eventually ending with 60+ inches of rain for the season, twice what we normally get. Consequently, flowering was irregular, and the crop set as well, with lower yields than average. The summer was warm to hot, with sunny days in the Russian River Valley punctuated by heat spikes, and elevated nighttime temperatures leading up to harvest.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Jane's Vineyard
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Soil
Shallow, moderately well-draining Huichica loam
Oak Aging
15 months in French oak barrels, 16% new

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