The 2019 growing season started off very wet, with several major storms dropping 150% of the annual rainfall by April. Temperatures were generally mild throughout the summer, with only a few notable heat events in early June and August. This single-block was hand-picked in the early morning of
September 13 at optimal ripeness.
Winemaking is light handed with timely 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, striving for complexity and above all deliciousness. All of the blocks at Jane's Vineyard are 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 2019 Pommard Clone Pinot Noir was aged in 6% new French and European oak barrels for 14 months.
Davis Bynum is distinguished as the first winery to produce a single vineyard Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The vintage was 1973 and the grapes were from Joe Rochiolis now prized vineyard. Today, our heritage of winemaking lives on through hand-crafted single vineyard wines grown exclusively in the Russian River Valley.
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 Pommard block vine rows are oriented north/south so the grapes get a pretty even amount of sun on both sides.