SUBTELTY ON JONIVE
Delicacy and restraint, a study.
Wayne and Nancy Hunnicutt moved to Jonive. Rd in 1995 with the intention of planting Pinot Noir. Jonive is a little two-laned road that traverses the ridgetop overlooking the Freestone Valley. This piece of land is literally surrounded by a thick forest of redwoods, Bay Laurel and Douglas firs. The density of trees, and the ecosystems they support has contributed to the richness of organic matter in these sandy loam soils. Diane Cobb met the Hunnicutts in 2005 at a Sonoma County Grape Grower’s meeting and they hit it off. The fruit showed so well Ross bottled it on its own in 2006 and it continues to be a staple in our portfolio today.
The hill above Freestone
Emmaline Ann faces southwest and gets a rush of fog and cool wind coming up from the Freestone Valley. While this orientation often means lower yields out toward the coast, there is an inherent elegance to this vineyard. At only 3-acres in size, Emmaline is planted to the Dijon clones 115 and 777. Vintage-after-vintage, this site produces Pinots that are more feminine and graceful than the rest of the portfolio. Without lacking intensity, Emmaline Ann yields wines that are understated and cerebral, consistently sitting at the top of team Cobb’s favorite bottlings.