The 2011 Jayson Pinot Noir greets the nose with rich, focused
aromas of ripe black cherry, forest mulch, pain grillé and leather.
The palate comes alive with a concentrated
wave of black plum skin and candied cranberries, integrated with a stony minerality that echoes through the
wine’s lingering finish.
Abundant winter rainfall, a cool spring, late bud break, surprise hail in June, and a touch of mid-harvest
precipitation made for a challenging 2011 growing season. Rocky soils and sloping terrains kept our ridgetop
vineyards well-drained so while yields were low, fruit was exceptionally balanced and concentrated. Intensive
berry-by-berry sorting further ensured optimal quality.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered on Aug 21, 2012.
The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way
to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit
began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to
barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations.
The wine continued to age in 67% new French
oak for twelve months.
Vibrant fuchsia with a garnet core in the glass,