2017 Jamie Slone Wines Pinot Noir - Kessler Haak Vineyard

Winemaking and Production

Clones 667, 777 and 115. Long cool open fermentations result in low extraction and fine tannins while preserving fruit.  20% whole cluster fermentation in open top fermenter, punched down 3 times day by hand, 28 day extended maceration and pressed to barrel. Only 40 Cases being produced

Aging

Currently aging in French oak, (10% New) Francois Freres and Sirugue barrels.

Kimberly James Vineyards Kessler Haak

KESSLER-HAAK 

Although this is not a certified organic vineyard, vineyard practices are strictly organic. Kessler Hawk's farming approach strives for balance, and co-existence between the vines and plant, animal and insect populations. 

Planted in 2005, soils in the vineyard vary from sandy to sandy loam with patches of clay loam. 7 Pinot Noir clones on 3 different rootstocks are planted amongst 27 acres of the vineyard's rolling hillsides. A 2.5 acre east-facing hillside was reserved for 3 clones of Chardonnay, planted on low vigor 110R rootstock to showcase the exceptional character of cool climate Chardonnay. Yields in the vineyard are low and currently average 1.2 - 1.5 ton/acre for Pinot Noir and 1.5 - 2 ton/acre for Chardonnay.


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Every time I am in Santa Barbara I have to stop by and grab a case of these exceptional wines. It is always great to catch up with Kym and Jamie and enjoy their great hospitality as well.
Joe
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