Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Sensory Notes: a vivacious pinot noir, the 2014 Jenkins Vineyard engages with black cherry, soft smoke, and baking spice. Clone 667 brings out this wine's wild streak with violets and forest floor in this complex, lengthy wine.
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 folls in around mid-afternoon. Amongst Gravenstein apple trees, pinot noir clones 116, 777, and 667 are planted. In 2013, these three clones were picked separately, to assure each fruit's perfect ripening.
Winemaking Notes: The Jenkins fruit was picked between September 9th 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-aging in French oak, 40% new.