2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

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Our 2016 J Vineyards & Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a classic example of the region, opening with luscious notes of fresh raspberry, cherry and orange bergamot. On the expansive palate, flavors of cranberry, blueberry pie and cardamom blend seamlessly with hints of violets, tea leaves and toast. Enjoy with hoisin-glazed pork belly with eggplant puree, duck confit with braised fennel and ròˆsti potato or gruyere with poached cherries and toasted almonds.

Vintage Comments

In 2016, the growing season in the Russian River Valley was warm and dry. Following suit with the four previous vintages, the year continued to be an earlier, more compact growing season. Plenty of winter rains and a warm spring brought on early budbreak and a warm, fast-paced summer growing season. Another early harvest, 2016 finished a full 10 days earlier than average. Consistent warm temperatures through September rewarded us with incredible intensity and depth of flavor.

Winemaking

The grapes for this Pinot Noir were sourced from cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley growing region. We hand-harvested whole grape clusters at 24.5 Brix, de-stemmed and gravity-fed them into small, three- to 10-ton open-top fermenters. Following a five-day cold soak, the must fermented for seven to 10 days using Burgundy yeast and natural inoculums. The wine was drained to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation in 100% French oak, approximately 30% of which was new. Each vineyard, block and clone was kept separate until blending in May.

Technical Notes

Clones::
2A, 113, 115, 667, 777, 828, 943, Rochioli, Swan, Pommard
Aging::
100% French oak barrels, 30% new for nine months
Harvest Date::
August 19 - Sept. 27, 2016
Alcohol::
14.3
Acid::
0.53g/100ml
pH::
3.70

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