The 2017 Dijon 23 Clone of Pinot Noir has a medium-deep red hue with candied black cherry, crushed violet, loamy earth and plum aromas and flavors with a beautiful balanaced acidity and rich mouthfeel. The lush earthy minerality on the palate is balanced nicely with a touch of toasty baking spices on the finish. This elegant wine has silky tannins with a long, fresh velvety finish. Pair this delicious Pinot Noir with beef tartare, smoked salmon or chanterelle mushroom and sausage pizza.
The vines at Jane’s 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 so we planted on rootstock that has a shallower rooting angle to match the soil profile. The Clone 23 block vine rows are oriented north/south providing morning and late afternoon sun exposure to ripen the fruit.
The local record for precipitation was set during the winter and spring of 2016-2017 as waves of showers swept over northern California, resulting in twice what we normally get. Consequently, flowering and crop set was irregular with lower yields than average. The summer was warm to hot, with sunny days in the Russian River Valley punctuated by heat spikes, and elevated nighttime temperatures leading up to harvest.