Ancien Wines

2019 Russian River Jouissance Pinot Noir

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The 2019 growing season provided the third year in a row of generous and well timed winter moisture.  The result was very nice growth with well balanced vines free of excess stress. 

A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged entirely in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling.  Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling.

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Region

Russian River Valley, Napa Valley, CA

Varietals

Pinot Noir

A deeper, earthier expression of this vineyard upon release.  Brambly black cherry, allspice, hints of earth mingle with the usual notes strawberry and pie cherry. The palate is broad and giving, showing early complexity which echos the fruit notes and is accompanied by sweet vanillin, toasted hazelnut, tea, herbs and coffee as an introduction to this joyfully juicy blend of rich fruit and earthy spice.  Sassafras, herbal notes and baking spices are revealed in the satisfying finish.

More about the wine

We fermented in our one ton, open-top tanks, layering the bottom 25% of each tank with whole clusters of fruit, adding structure and spice notes to the back palate and balancing the otherwise plush fruit of Gilbert’s Vineyard. A warm fermentation with a combination of native and isolated Burgundian yeasts produced excellent and focused flavor extraction, complemented with traditional punch-downs by hand. The wine was aged entirely in Francois Freres cooperage, half new, and racked once, gently, prior to bottling. Grapes, must, and wines were moved using gravity through to the barrel and using inert gas through racking and bottling. 308 cases produced.

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