2013 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
The 2013 vintage was ideal for Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir in the Arroyo Seco region. Warm, dry
weather from April to October led to the second-warmest vintage in the past 12 years, and was a welcome break from three preceding cool vintages. Although temperatures were warm, there were no days over 100 degrees, and no rainfall during the ripening period. These ideal weather conditions gave us the opportunity to harvest at the quintessential levels of ripeness for each block and clone. Dijon clones 667 and 777 each represent about one third of the blend, with the balance coming from equal parts of 115 and classic Pommard 4.
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple Dijon selections of Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, 777), as well as Pommard 4, the vines are grown on extremely well-drained, loamy sand and gravelly loam soils intermixed and underlain by large potato-sized cobblestones. The unique combination of soil, climate and viticulture produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.
|Appellation:||Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA|
|Composition:||100% Pinot Noir|
|Harvest Dates:||September 24th to October 9th, 2013|
|Process:||Night harvested by hand under lights into half-ton bins. Destemmed and sorted on Vaucher Beguet sorting table before transferring to six and twelve ton open-top stainless steel fermenters.|
|Harvest Numbers:||25.8° Brix, total acidity 0.72 g/100ml, pH 3.33|
Fermentation: Stainless steel fermented in open-top tanks with manual punchdown of cap
Temperature: 90°F peak fermentation temperature
Maceration: 9 days on average
Malolactic: Inoculation in stainless steel and completion in French oak barrels
Maturation: Aged 8 month in French oak barrels; 60% new
Barrel Type: French/Burgundy barrels, medium to heavy toast
Forests: Predominantly Bertrange and Allier
Coopers: François Frères and Dargaud et Jaegle
|Post-Maturation:||Bulldog-racked from barrels, then blended lots. Bottled July 2014|
|Bottling Numbers:||pH: 3.72
Total Acidity: 0.59 g/100ml
Alcohol: 14.93% by volume
Res. Sugar: 0.15 g/100 ml (dry)
Cases Produced: 3,321 (6,642 six-packs)
Cellaring: 5 to 7 year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle
The 2013 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir is darkly colored with layered aromatics of black cherry, anise and camphor. The attack is subtle, while dense and graceful at once. Cardamom spice and sandalwood linger on the finish.
–Steve Peck, red winemaker
Try with pan-seared sesame tuna, grilled portabella mushrooms or your favorite charcuterie.
WINE LIST DESCRIPTION
A dense Pinot Noir with anise and black cherry aromas and a sandalwood finish.
Price: $35.00 750ml