2015 J Pinot Noir, Annapolis Ridge Vineyard

  • 750ml
  • $100
  • QTY

Our 2015 Annapolis Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is a bold expression of our estate vineyard located just a few miles from the Sonoma Coast. This big and juicy Pinot Noir is a showcase of the vineyard and the season. The wine offers concentrated notes of black cherry, plum, dried blueberry and nutmeg, with delicate hints of mocha, earth and clove on the lingering finish. Pair this deeply nuanced wine with licorice-braised short rib, chocolate gelato with cocoa nibs or washed-rind triple cream cheese with a cherry gastrique. 

Vintage Comments 

Our Annapolis Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is a single vineyard expression of the site. The vines of Annapolis Ridge Vineyard span a rugged coastal hillside close to the Pacific Ocean. Once the morning fog burns off, the grapes here bask in intense sunlight throughout the day. With a higher elevation and steep plantings, this vineyard has lower yields that offer intensely flavorful grapes with a crisp natural acidity. The 2015 vintage was early, short and fairly warm. After significant winter rainfall and a warm spring, budbreak occurred in mid-March. In May, cooler temperatures slowed down growth and led to a long bloom period that lowered yields. These conditions coupled with constant coastal breezes provided an ideal combination of elements to produce concentrated fruit notes and a crisp acidity. 


We hand-harvested whole grape clusters at 24.5 Brix, de-stemmed and gravity-fed them into small, two- to seven-ton open-top fermenters. Following a five-day cold soak, the must fermented for seven to 10 days using Burgundy and natural yeasts. The wine was drained to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation in 100% French oak, approximately 42% of which was new. Each vineyard, block and clone was kept separate until blending, a total of eight lots. 

Technical Notes

Annapolis Ridge
Elite, 115, 667, 828
13 months in French oak (42% new)
Harvest Dates::
August 31 – September 14, 2015
  • 2015 Annapolis Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92 Points, The Wine Advocate

    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Annapolis Ridge Vineyard has a very pretty perfume of star anise, cinnamon stick and red roses over a core of red currant jelly, red cherries and forest floor plus a waft of truffles. Medium-bodied, the palate reveals a fine frame of silky tannins and seamless freshness supporting the delicate flavor layers, finishing long and minerally. 750 cases were made.”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate
  • 2015 Annapolis Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir - 92 Points, Wine Spectator

    "Supple, elegant plum, cherry and raspberry flavors form the core, with touches of spice and oak adding dimension, depth and complexity. Long and layered. Drink now through 2024."

    James Laube, Wine Spectator

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