2016 Jewell Block Pinot Noir
94+pts - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
90 points - "Very Highly Recommended" – California Grapevine
The nose is a bright bouquet of bing cherry, lavender, and plum blossoms. Complex and delicate simultaneously, the flavors that exude are Portobello mushroom, damp forest floor, orange coated with Baker’s dark chocolate, and hints of clove and allspice. Our Cellar Master reckons that this is a wine that you fall so deeply in love with that you will be speechless. Not to worry though, you’ll have the fortitude to ask for a second glass. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next five to eight years.
Grapes are 100% handpicked at night to preserve the fruit’s delicacy, then sorted by hand in the winery, and gently destemmed. After destemming, the crushed fruit is then placed into small open-top fermenters. The must is cold-soaked for five days to gently heighten natural spice and fruit characteristics. We punch-down up to three times daily when the brix is between 22-15 and after it hits the 15 brix mark, once a day ensuring proper skin and juice contact. After fermentation, the juice is pressed and racked into French oak barrels to age for 10 months. This wine was filtered. Focusing on the Dijon 115 clone highlights the cherry, strawberry, and raspberry notes in the wine as well as spice.
Planted in 1995, our Jewell Block Vineyard has a slightly western aspect and is one of the more than 80 separate vineyards that Dutton Ranch farms in the cool Russian River Valley. The vineyard overlooks the valley mesmerizing all who visit it with its lush emerald view of vineyards everywhere including our Home Ranch. We source the fruit for this wine from only a few selected rows that utilize a quadrilateral cordon trellis system ensuring optimal natural flavor development with extended hangtime. It is a certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish- Friendly vineyard.