Fall ReleaseJentoft Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir (replacing Widdoes Vineyard)
2017

Winemaker’s Notes

When we consider the potential of a piece of land to grow world-class wine, we immerse ourselves in the physical characteristics of soil type, depth, texture and drainage, slope aspect, sun exposure, et cetera—myriad complex details. On site potential alone, Jentoft likely sits at the top of our entire vineyard portfolio. 

The site’s coastal marine soils are remarkably shallow with underlying sandstone bedrock poking through the topsoil. Lean, “boney” soils generally yield low-vigor vines and powerful wines, and that’s what we have here. The potential is incredible, and now that these vines are mature, we’re seeing the promise realized.

Our new vintage of Jentoft Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir is highly evocative of this steep hillside site high in the coastal mountains surrounded by the forest. To me, it represents the essence of coastal Russian River Pinot Noir: intensity, vibrancy, deeply pitched fruits with pulsating acidity and an incredible length of flavor. We’ve bottled Ryan Pinot Noir from several sites since 2002 , and this is the pinnacle of achievement for this wine so far.

The wine opens with a sense of tiny dark intense wild berries, tart and explosive, pine needle freshness and hints of cedar amplifying the aromas. The palate is sappy, dark and elevated with Rainier cherry, cassis and huckleberry fruits. There’s laser-like intensity to the wine’s driving flavors as they expand along the dry, firm palate, exotic floral, gravelly nuances extending the lingering finish. No need to decant. Drink between 2020 and 2027. 


Andy Smith


Jentoft Vineyard Ryan Pinot Noir (replacing Widdoes Vineyard)  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 30th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Calera & Swan

Age of Vines at Harvest

10 years

Barrel Aging

aged 15 months in 45% new french oak barrels from tonnelleries remond & chassin.

Production

755 cases of 750mL
32 cases of 1.5L
24 bottles of 3L

Press

96 Jeb Dunnuck, June 2019