2014 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2014 harvest began on September 9th picking the first 2.3 tons of Dijon clone 113 Pinot Noir off of Jessie Vineyard harvested at a ripe 24.6 degrees Brix. The next earliest block of Jessie came off of the Pommard block on September 11th, 2014, planted on our earliest ripening rootstock Riparia Gloire. Picking continued in Jessie in the 114 and 115 blocks on September 17th picked optimally ripe at 24.4 degrees Brix and 24.5 degrees Brix respectively. Jessie concluded picking on September 22, 2014 in the 777 and 667 blocks at 24.9 and 24.8 degrees Brix respectively. The Jessie fruit can be characterized as dark and black fruited with great depth and concentration with spicy and floral aromatics.
The 2014 Jessie Vineyard Pinot Noir is a forty-two barrel selection of some of the favorite barrels from the vineyard. The overall blend is composed of six clones of Pinot Noir: 26% Pommard; 26% 667; 14% 115; 14% 114; 12% 777; and 8% of 113. Jessie Vineyard, in almost any vintage, exudes floral notes of blue and purple flowers and the 2014 expresses this trademark trait beautifully. The nose swirls with earthy tones, dense strawberry fields, Chinese cinnamon, fennel seeds, cloves and star anise. On the palate there is a richness to the core of opulent fruit and finishes with slightly sandy tannins and a balanced, persistent finish. This wine is drinking well now and may age for the next 10-12 years gracefully.