Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyard Notes: High up on a hill overlooking Sebastopol, the Jenkins vineyard benefits from the cooling effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean, but is also high enough in altitude to sit above some of the fog that rolls in around mid-afternoon. Amongst gravenstein apple trees, pinot noir clones 116, 777, 667 are planted. In 2013, these three clones were picked separately to assure each fruit's perfect ripening.
Sensory Notes: A vivacious pinot, the 2013 Jenkins engages with black cherry, soft smoke and baking spice. Clone 667 brings out this wine's wild streak with violets and forest floore in this complex, lengthy expression of Jenkins Vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was picked between September 8th and 15th, hand-sorted and placed into tank with 5% whole cluster fruit. Twice-daily punchdowns were performed by hand for gentle integration of the grape skins, with 11 months barrel ageing in French Oak, 40% new.