2014 AB Pinot Noir – August Briggs

2014 Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

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.

92 points - Wine Enthusiast



Since this is our 20th bottling of Pinot Noir from the great Russian River Valley this wine needs no introduction! We believe that the quality of wine we produce is only as good as the fruit we start with and the fruit for our 2014 vintage comes from the Gunsalas Vineyard in the very cool Green Valley of the Russian River Valley AVA and the Rockin’ B vineyard in eastern Santa Rosa. This is quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and shows off its true Pinot character.

Upfront effusive aromas of Bing cherry, forest floor and toasty oak make the bouquet intoxicating. It is elegant and plush on the mouth feel with a mélange of red fruits and toast. Fleshy on the palate, there is weight without heaviness, owing to the balanced acidity. It has ample fruit flavors showing plenty of zesty raspberry and candied cherry flavors, accentuated by a hint of truffle along with a juicy, but nicely structured finish of red-fruit and hints of dried spice & orange peel. As a complex and robust wine, make sure to let this one breathe for a bit before being enjoyed.

As always this fruit was handled to the same ‘by-hand’ treatment of all our Pinot Noirs, which are destemmed 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 malo-lactic fermentation and barreled down to traditional burgundian barrels. The barrels used were 30% new French oak and 70% two year old French barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 9 months. 320 cases produced.

Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation Russian River Valley
Alcohol 14.5%
Cases 320
Barrel Aging 9 Months
Barrels French Oak