Nestled into the rolling hills of the northwest corner of Edna Valley, Jespersen Ranch lies three miles from the Pacific Ocean and derives much of its personality from the coast. The growing season in Edna Valley is long and cool with early morning fog and mid-afternoon ocean breezes. The wines from Jespersen combine classic regional characteristics of delicate fruit and white pepper with hints of earth and consistently strong acid, characteristics unique to this property.
2018 was a relatively cool and dry growing season in Edna Valley, receiving half the normal amount of rainfall. The lower temperatures delayed ripening throughout the year and led to a long bloom season with some shatter, causing lower yields. A warm September and October helped accelerate the grapes into ripeness and we harvested Pinot Noir between mid-September and mid-October.
We grow seven different clones of Pinot Noir across fourteen different blocks. Each acre is fermented separately in small open top tanks which results in more unique 'lots' of Pinot Noir than any other varietal. The final barrel selection includes a combination of wines that were fermented with whole clusters, dried stems, and destemmed fruit. 20% was fermented natively, lending earthy and spicy characteristics. These methods combine to build a complex and layered single-vineyard wine.