Friday, March 23, 2018

Pinot Noir From Jenkins Ranch/Patz And Hall/Sonoma County Wine Making/James Hall

It's Friday,and My mind is thinking about the beautiful wines we have to choose from.I have a bottle of Patz And Hall's Jenkins Ranch,and we will look up the tasting notes on this wine,and follow up with a great audio segment with wine maker James Hall. Once again, Jenkins Ranch has delivered a luscious, flowing expression of Pinot Noir with rich, mouthcoating tannins and alluring fruit. On the nose, layers of spicy cherry, moist forest floor and sea spray showcase this wine’s beautiful balance between concentration and complexity. The palate is lush and creamy, with supple tannins adding silkiness to red fruit flavors of raspberry, plum and pomegranate. Underscoring it all are hints of burnt almond toffee and cocoa, as well as an intriguing savoriness that carries the wine to a long satisfying finish. “More is produced of the 2014 Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch (1,342 cases), which comes from an 18-acre vineyard west of the small village of Sebastopol. This is classic Goldridge gravelly, loamy soil in the vineyard, planted with Dijon clones 667 and 777. This wine tends to be a relatively rich, intense, more broodingly backward, fuller-bodied and extracted style of Pinot Noir. It has a dark ruby/plum color, a big sweet kiss of forest floor, black raspberries and black cherries, spices, and hints of cocoa and oak (about 60% new French oak is used). This is full-bodied with light tannin and should improve for 3-4 years and drink well for at least another decade. 2020 – 2030” - Robert Parker. We have the 2015 vintage,and I can't wait to open this incredible wine! At Patz & Hall, they believe that oak is an essential component of fully articulated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The dilemma for many winemakers is that new oak barrels can easily overwhelm the wine, while used ones may not successfully balance the amount of oak with the fruit flavors in the wine. We use primarily custom French oak barrels made from our own stave wood, air dried and seasoned to our specifications for three years by the François Frères Cooperage at Saint Romain in the heart of Burgundy. These custom barrels add a very complex, spicy, sweet oak component to the wine without the drying tannins or astringent "woodiness" found in many other barrels. Stave woods dried for three or more years impart more complex aromas such as clove, cinnamon, and vanilla to the finished wines. In addition, the softness of these older and softer woods helps build beautiful texture and an extended, creamy finish to both our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bottlings. Extended aging of the stave wood—eighteen months longer than the typical barrel stave—requires that we maintain, at our own expense, a three-year supply of wood at all times. The extra steps we take allow us to use a majority of new oak barrels, while producing fully expressive wines. Please click on the link at the bottom of the page,and we will learn more about this world class Pinot Noir from Patz and Hall!Cheers! Click here and join us,as we learn more about this great wine from Patz and Hall! .

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