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.
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.
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.