We have had the pleasure of working with Jack Hill Vineyard since 2007. Overlooking the Freestone Valley near Occidental, it is the steepest site we work with, and one of the coldest. Surrounded by dense oak forests and Douglas Firs, Jack Hill is planted to three clones of Pinot Noir on a west-facing slope. While it always yields a graceful and complex coastal Pinot Noir, with nerve and minerality, the 2012 vintage is also one of the most generous expressions of the vineyard we have ever produced. Similar to the Diane Cobb, we used 35% whole clusters during fermentation, adding to the wine’s complexity and tannic structure.