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2016
Pinot Noir

Jane's Vineyard
Russian River Valley

55.00 750ml

Taste Profile

The 2016 Clone 23 Pinot Noir has a medium-deep red hue with candied black cherry, crushed violet, loamy earth and plum aromas and flavors with a beautiful balanced acidity and rich mouthfeel. The lush earthy minerality on the palate is balanced nicely with a touch of toasty baking spices on the finish. This elegant wine has silky tannins with a long, fresh velvety finish. Pair this delicious Pinot Noir with beef tartare, smoked salmon or chanterelle mushroom and sausage pizza.

Vineyard

The vines at Jane’s Vineyard generally show moderate vigor caused mainly by well drained, nutrient poor soils, true to the gravelly nature of Huichica loam. The soil is shallow, with a hardpan at a low depth, which led us to plant on 101-14 rootstock with its shallower rooting angle to match the soil profile. The vines get water stressed because of the drainage and lack of root depth, so we watch them closely during the warmer months, as Pinot will not tolerate too much dryness. The vine rows are northsouth, providing morning and late a ernoon sun exposure to ripen the fruit.

Style

Different clones of Pinot Noir from our Janes Vineyard were fermented and aged separately until the spring, when we tasted everything and chose a small lot of the Clone 23 to bottle by itself. The Clone 23 shows dark fruit characteristics along with earthy minerality, exceptional balance and a nice firm tannic structure. Winemaking
with a light hand, and timely and deliberate choices, allow us to craft the wine in a style that compliments what the vineyard and vintage give us. We ferment our wines with native yeasts, which come in on the grapes from the vineyard. The native yeasts eventually give way to other yeasts that finish the fermentation, and give the wine
extra complexity. The 2016 Clone 23 Pinot Noir was aged in a mix of 1-year-old and 3-year-old French and Hungarian oak, from a small set of top coopers.

Harvest Date
September 10, 2016
Avg. Brix at Harvest
25.6° Brix
Oak Aging
17 months in French oak barrels, 60% 1 year old, 40% 3 years old
ALC
14.5%
PH
3.56
TA
0.62 g/100mL
Soil
Huichica: shallow, fast draining gravelly loam
The Harvest
El Niño brought some good rain in the winter of 2015, but February was pretty dry. Then it warmed up a touch and the vines woke up, a bit later than the previous few years. Showers soaked the vineyards in the middle of March, filling the ground with much needed water. Beautiful warm summer days led to veraison and sugar accumulation in the berries. Mid-August through mid-September was filled with overcast days and cooler weather, prolonging our starting pick date. The Clone 23 Pinot Noir, which was isolated in Switzerland and is also known as the Mariafeld
clone, was the last block picked at our Janes Vineyard on September 10. The clusters and berries tend to be larger than the Dijon clones, so the fruit usually has a little longer hang time in the vineyard, as it ripens a little later.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Jane's Vineyard
Winemakers
Greg Morthole
David Ramey (Consulting)
Soil
Huichica: shallow, fast draining gravelly loam
Oak Aging
17 months in French oak barrels, 60% 1 year old, 40% 3 years old

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