2019 Juggernaut Pinot Noir
2019 Juggernaut Pinot Noir; Russian River Valley, USA
This wine is fresh and has a great mouth taste with red fruit, sumptuous strawberry and ripe raspberry. The Juggernaut Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley is balanced with refreshing acidity and velvety tannins. Once the wine opens up, on the pallet you’ll taste toasty oak, waffle cone, and vanilla. Aromas of earth tones, raspberry, and crushed violet petals fill the glass.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and extensively studied) in wine regions all over the world. The variety’s elusive charm has carried it to all manner of vineyards.These extend from western Germany (as Spätburgunder) and northern Italy to Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. California, Oregon and New Zealand are arguably the greatest centers for the grape outside its home territory. However great Pinot Noir is made in all of these territories.
Russian River Valley, one of the United States’ top-ranked wine regions, is located at the heart of Sonoma County, California. It is one of California’s coolest and foggiest AVAs creating a perfect climate for producing highly acclaimed wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Russian River which gives the AVA its name is the second-largest river within the nine-county Greater San Francisco Bay Area. It is named after the Russian-American Company, whose explorers charted the river in the early 19th Century (eventually founding the Fort Ross colony a few miles north of the river mouth). Today, the region is home to a number of Sonoma’s top wine producers, including Kosta Browne, Williams Seylem and Paul Hobbs. The river rises in the hills of Mendocino County, and flows southwards for 110 miles (180km) until Healdsburg, where it turns south-westwards towards the Pacific Coast. It is along this final 25-mile (40km) stretch that the first Russian River Valley vineyards began springing up in the late 1970s, and where the finest are still located today.