The goal behind the Estate bottling is to make a wine that is representative of the entire farm as a whole. We achieve this by selecting small parcels of fruit from every combination of rootstock/scion, slope, soil profile, and vine age on the property. We keep all lots separate through vinification and aging to evaluate and learn how each parcel performs over the different vintages. We then bring them together for a harmonious blend in the bottle, full of nuance and complexity. This bottling is always the most representative of the growing year and is the most accurate representation of Johan Vineyards’ true terroir.
This Pinot Noir was made from all 10 clones of Pinot Noir grown in our estate vineyards. The grapes were fermented using exclusively native yeast (both primary and malolactic), with approximately 43% whole-cluster. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new.