Brycen Hill runs the vineyard operations for Paul Hobbs, and recently started his own label called Keltom Roots in appreciation of all that has formed and enhanced his life. The Keltom Roots name is portmanteau of Brycen’s parents’ names: Kelly and Tom (pronounced kel·tum). The label features an illustration of an organism in field guide-style that matches the characteristics and qualities of the vineyard & variety. Brycen’s focus is making small-lot, single-vineyard wines that match the beauty of the natural world, with balance and purity.
This inaugural bottling is sourced from famed famer Jim Pratt’s Morchella vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Tasting Notes: Sourced from a single vineyard farmed by famed grower Jim Pratt, the 2019 Morchella Pinot Noir is a vibrant, fresh style of Pinot Noir made primarily from Dijon clone 114 grown in the cooler Green Valley sub-AVA of Russian River Valley. The wine has an energetic medium-pale ruby color. Aromas of bright cherries, dried rose petals, clove, and violet develop in glass. Naturally balanced acidity brings out elements of cranberry, raspberry, hibiscus, black tea, and rosemary.
Winemaker Notes: “This youngster will improve in the bottle over time, and can be served now through 2027. The 2019 was an excellent vintage to launch Keltom Roots’ inaugural release. We had plenty of rain in the early part of 2019 that was followed by warming temperatures that led to a very succinct bloom period and excellent fruit set. Gentle warm weather continued throughout the year allowing for even ripening. Harvest arrived unhurried, allowing for ideal acidity retention and expressive maturity.”
Only 125 cases were produced!