Primary aromas of black pepper and fresh herbs, complemented by notes of cherry, raspberry, and lavender. On the palate, soft tannins and lively acids make for a well-framed wine.
90pts Robert Parker's - The Wine Advocate
The micro blocks in our organic vineyards are continually monitored by our intrepid vineyard crew and our winemaker. Over time and experimentation, certain individual sections are identified as ones that would be ideal for limited release wines. Those become part of our Small Lot Collection.
On the northern side of our ranch, next to the organic vegetable garden, are a few blocks that grow beautiful grapes and provide a healthy habitat for rattlesnakes. While we farm this area with extreme caution, we respect how wildlife co-exists with cultivation on our working ranch. As homage to the North Pacific Rattlesnake, aka Crotalus oreganus, we named this Small Lot Collection Red Wine blend - Snakepit.
This wine shows an intriguing harmony of competing flavor profiles, balancing fruit, savory, and mineral characteristics. The experience begins with primary aromas of black pepper and fresh herbs, complemented by notes of cherry, raspberry, and lavender. On the palate, soft tannins and lively acids make for a well-framed wine. Our Snakepit Red pairs beautifully with rack of lamb with plenty of rosemary, garlic, and salt.
Cool, overcast conditions in May influenced the vines to set less fruit than normal. Fortunately the temperature rebounded and gave us one of our warmest years on record, but without the excessive temperature spikes we often see during warmer vintages. We also harvested earlier than in previous vintages. The result of these conditions was a lighter than expected crop, but with more intense aromatics and increased concentration, and generally lower alcohol.