2016 J. Lohr Vineyard Series Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
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2019 New World International Wine Competition, Jerry Mead
The 2016 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir expresses the varietal terroir of the Arroyo Seco region as purely as any previous vintage, showcasing blue sage and strawberry fruit on the nose and palate, with dried cherry on the finish.
— Steve Peck, Director of Winemaking
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
5 plus years aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle.5 Years
Pair with a dish of wild mushroom polenta or a board of Spanish charcuterie.
2016 was a moderate vintage in the Arroyo Seco appellation, with cumulative Growing Degree Days falling in the middle of the historical range. This fluctuating growing season began with moderate spring temperatures and was followed by just enough summer warmth to release full-flavored ripeness from our Pinot Noir vineyards. Our Fog’s Reach was harvested on the 23rd and 24th of September, just ahead of an Indian summer heat spike that arrived the following week. The 2016 blend is composed of roughly equal parts of Dijon clones 115 and 777.
Our Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of multiple early-ripening Dijon selections of Pinot Noir (clones 115, 667, 777), as well as late-ripening 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.