August Briggs Pinot Noir 2013
The fruit for this 2013 vintage comes from the Dutton-Lorenzo Vineyard which lies to the south of Forestville in the very cool Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA. This is quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and shows off its true Burgundy character. Upfront effusive aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, pie crust and pine needles make the bouquet intoxicating. It is elegant and plush on the mouth feel with a mélange of red fruits and toast. The finish is long and lingers for a while which makes you want to take another sip.
The Russian River Valley AVA area normally sees summer fog that burns off late which allows the grapes to thrive while picking up extra complexity from the Goldridge sandy loam soil. As always this fruit was handled with the same ‘by-hand’ treatment of all our Pinot Noirs, which are de-stemmed into open top fermenters for daily punch downs which gently extract all the flavor and body. After a gentle pressing the wine was inoculated for malolactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 20% new French oak and 80% two year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. 287 cases produced