Huckleberry Snodgrass ~ 2014 ~ Russian River Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 30% New
The Huckleberry Snodgrass Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley AVA. Sun drenched days with foggy evenings make it a perfect vineyard to vinify opulent Pinot Noir. The soil composition is layered with Goldridge loam soil and sand allowing for a perfectly drained vineyard. The roots reach for the water table and it’s nutrients, resulting in a more opulent wine with very lush tannins – a perfect combination for the Cherry Pie Pinot Noir winemaking approach.
Located less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Russian River Valley climate is dominated by the cooling ocean fog. This fog typically reaches the region in the evening, dropping the temperature almost 40 degrees from the daytime high. By the following morning, the fog has retreated back to the ocean. The cooling effects of the fog result in an extended growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and reach full maturity while retaining their natural acidity.
The fruit was fermented in open top oak puncheons to allow more complexity and variety in the phenolic, aromatic and flavor components of the wine, producing a completely unique representation of the Pinot Noir grape. The wine was aged in French oak, a portion of which was the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested ‘sur lie’ for the entire aging period.
Showcasing a racier side of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, aromas are of raspberry jam, wild strawberries, fig and rhubarb. Notes of smoky vanilla and cola are answered by spicy fruit compote and ripe, structured tannins on the palate. The finish lingers with Bing cherry and dark chocolate. Decant and drink now or cellar. This wine begs for rich fall fare.