2017 Jamie Slone Wines Pinot Noir – Kessler Haak Vineyard
Winemaking and Production
Clones 667, 777 and 115. Long cool open fermentations result in low extraction and fine tannins while preserving fruit. Fermentation in open top fermenter, punched down 2 times day by hand, 28 day extended maceration with free run and pressed to barrel. Only 51 Cases produced
Aged 16 months in neutral French oak, Francois Freres and Sirugue barrels.
Rich and red so swirl, sip and savor. Aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, passion fruit, guava, black pepper and even a hint of caramel. Complexity abounds with low to medium tannins and good acidity that leads to a long persistent finish.
Although this is not a certified organic vineyard, vineyard practices are strictly organic. Kessler Hawk’s farming approach strives for balance, and co-existence between the vines and plant, animal and insect populations.
Planted in 2005, soils in the vineyard vary from sandy to sandy loam with patches of clay loam. 7 Pinot Noir clones on 3 different rootstocks are planted amongst 27 acres of the vineyard’s rolling hillsides. A 2.5 acre east-facing hillside was reserved for 3 clones of Chardonnay, planted on low vigor 110R rootstock to showcase the exceptional character of cool climate Chardonnay. Yields in the vineyard are low and currently average 1.2 – 1.5 ton/acre for Pinot Noir and 1.5 – 2 ton/acre for Chardonnay.