Johan Vineyards Farmlands Pinot Noir 2018
Winemaker Morgan Beck proudly reports, "2017 was an absolutely incredible year for us at Johan -- and we were especially thrilled with the quality and just overall expression of Pinot Noir on the site. There seemed to be this inherent dimension of spice and florality in all of the Pinot, something we normally see on the whole cluster fermentation lots, but we saw it in the de-stemmed lots as well. This, in combination with the typical fruit and savory/sanguine nature we normal see in our Pinot, made for a wildly interesting Farmlands blend, as this wine is normally nearly 100% de-stemmed.”
Farmlands Pinot is 100% estate-grown fruit coming from just about all of the blocks on the Van Duzer Corridor property, and treated just the same as the rest of the Pinot Noir in the cellar: small batch ferments, native fermentations, very light punchdowns. The main thing that sets Farmlands apart from the rest of the Pinot is that it is bottled a bit earlier, and when selecting barrels and deciding what will go to bottle in April, the team is looking for those that are bright, fresh and juicy, and that don't necessarily need time in barrel to work out tannins. Pair this dark red fruited, medium bodied 2017 with everything from game birds and grilled pork to spicy noodles and sushi.