The 2015 Pommard Clone of Pinot Noir has beautiful red hue with aromas and flavors of earth, dried mushroom and dark pie cherry with a well acid-balanced mouthfeel. The lush earthy minerality on the palate is balanced nicely with a touch of toasty baking spices on the finish. This elegant wine is complex and soft in tannic structure with a long velvety finish.
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 Pommard block vine rows are oriented north/south so the grapes get a pretty even amount of sun on both sides.
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 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir was aged in 100% French oak barrels from the finest coopers, 17% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and finished in early November.