This wine offers a berry explosion. Raspberry, cherry, blueberry, and blackberry leap out of the glass, followed by notes of lavender, gunsmoke, graphite, and white pepper.
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. These 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 offers a berry explosion. Raspberry, cherry, blueberry, and blackberry leap out of the glass, followed by notes of lavender, gunsmoke, graphite, and white pepper. On the palate it is tight and focused with just enough acidity to keep it interesting. The wine shows a seamless sleekness, with a finish carried through by granular tannins which slowly resolve into a long harmonious completion.
2014 was another banner growing season in Sonoma County and our vineyards here on Bell Mountain were no exception. The growing season started with a dry spring and provided consistent, moderate temperatures that allowed our grapes to slowly progress to optimal ripeness. Fruit quality and abundance were exceptional in 2014, and we began making wine with the very best building blocks: grapes that were evenly ripe and expressed true varietal character with balanced acidity. Although the season started slowly, it ended with a bang. Warm temperatures in August and September accelerated ripening and every last block of our vineyard was harvested by October 16th, about 3 weeks earlier than usual.