2014 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
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Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
5+ year aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle.5 Years
Try with a dish of wild mushroom polenta or a board of Spanish charcuterie.
2014 was the warmest growing season in the last seventeen years in the Arroyo Seco AVA. The total growing degree days (GDD) for the season were a warm 2,774 – a mid-Region II – well above the 2,365 GDD Region I average for the area. This atypical growing season began with a very warm, dry spring, which initiated early budbreak and flowering. Summer, however, was cool and windy, which slowed the ripening and preserved the fresh acidity in the fruit. Our Pinot Noir harvest began about one week earlier than normal on September 24th and ended on October 6th in the Arroyo Seco. The 2014 blend of Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir is reflective of the vintage, dispaying riper fruit notes while retaining the bright acidity that is a signature of the region.
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.