2016 J Pinot Noir, STRATA

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Our STRATA Pinot Noir is named for the layers of soil found in geology, representing a key element that imparts a unique terroir in our wines. Marked by approachable fruit notes and exquisite depth, this richly layered Pinot Noir opens with notes of forest berry, like blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and alpine strawberry. Deeper into the palate, generous allspice, cedar and anise characteristics blend with a touch of leather and freshly dried tea leaf. Silky and medium-bodied, the long finish has hints of dried cherries and red plum. Pair this with juniper-crusted beef tenderloin with rosemary scalloped potatoes, salmon tartare with traditional accompaniments. For a dessert pairing, try this with a black forest gâteau.

Vintage Comments

The 2016 vintage 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

Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, hand-sorted, de-stemmed and gravity-fed into small, three- to 10-ton fermenters for whole-berry fermentation. Following fermentation, our STRATA Pinot Noir aged in tight-grain French oak barrels (35% new) for 13 months in our cool cellars, following a specific barrel regime to highlight the characteristics of each vineyard lot.

Technical Notes

Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Clones:
Clones 777, 828, Pommard, 943, 115
Aging:
13 months, 100% French oak (35% new)
Harvest Date:
September 09 – September 26, 2016
Alcohol Level:
14.3%
Titratable Acidity:
0.52g/100ml
pH:
3.74

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