J Pinot Noir, Annapolis Ridge Vineyard

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Our 2014 Annapolis Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir is a bold expression of the Annapolis Ridge Vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. Notes of bright red cherry, blueberry, clove, black tea leaf and cinnamon are consistent from the nose to the palate, where they are met by crisp acidity and round tannins. The complexity of this wine will continue to evolve over time.

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. Described as the “year of the early,” 2014 saw early budbreak, early flowering, early veraison and early harvest. Ideal spring and summer weather, with a few well-timed heat spikes and cooling sessions, ushered in harvest at the end of July, marking the earliest in J history. The result was beautiful, medium-berry clusters that produced balanced wine with good acidity and ample fruit.

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 ten-ton open-top fermentors. Following a five-day cold soak, the must fermented for seven to ten days using Burgundy and natural yeasts. The wine was drained to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation in 100% French oak, approximately 32% of which was new. Each vineyard, block and clone was kept separate until blending.

Technical Notes

Vineyard::
Annapolis Ridge
Clones::
828, 115, 777, 667, 05, 114, Elite, 04, 23
Aging::
14 months in French oak (32% new)
Harvest Dates::
September 2 – 17, 2014
Alcohol::
14.3%
Acidity::
5.9 grams per liter
pH::
3.62

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