The 2015 Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir has a lovely ruby red hue with aromas cherry, plum, black tea and minerality. On the palate there is a wild berry component along with dark cherries and vanilla that shine through with balance, acidity and a long lingering finish. Warm, bright and full of flavor, the Jane's Pinot Noir is a wonderful combination of fruit, earth and spice.
The vines at Jane's 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 Jane's 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 Jane's Vineyard Pinot Noir was aged in 100% French oak barrels from the finest coopers, 21% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation ensued in the barrels and was finished by late January.