2017 William James Vineyard Pinot Noir

2017 William James Vineyard Pinot Noir

96pts from North Coast Wine Challenge

Perched atop a hill between the towns of Sebastopol and Freestone in the Green Valley of Russian River, sits the William James Vineyard.  Decades ago, the famed Gravenstein Apples were grown on this property with deep and fluffy Goldridge soils.  With a mix of Heritage and Dijon clones, the grapes thrive in this colder, foggy and windy climate in West County.  The wine has wonderful aromas of nutmeg and red plum compote that explode on the palate with light smoke and blackberry finishes. There is a backend lift to this wine which brings brightness and promises some nice longevity. 

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Vintage
2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Clones
Swan, 943, Calera
Soil
Goldridge, fine sandy loam
Total Acidity
6.6 g/L
pH
3.51
Aging
15 months in 100% French Oak, 40% New
Fermentation
12 days in open top fermentors
Alcohol %
14.0
Production
343 Cases
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