2018 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
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San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2021 (’18 vintage)
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020 (’17 vintage)
The SOMM Journal, August/September 2020
The 2018 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir expresses the varietal terroir of the Arroyo Seco region. This wine has a bright strawberry and blue sage on the nose with an abundance of red cherry and spice on the palate and finish.
— Steve Peck, director of winemaking
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Five-plus years aging potential.5 Years
Pair with a wild mushroom polenta or a board of Spanish charcuterie.
Our most coveted blocks of Pinot Noir are touched by fog from the nearby bay. Classic Monterey Pinot Noir flavors of ripe cherry and spice backed by food-pairing acidity in this wine.
Our California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) Pinot Noir vineyard resides in a 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 at this site produces deeply-colored Pinot Noir with elegantly refined structure and flavor.
Rainfall totals were just slightly below average for the 2018 growing season. However, the timing of the rain could not have been better, with the month of March receiving three times the normal rainfall just as the vines entered their springtime growth period. Temperatures at bloom were in the low 70s and cooler than normal. This cool pattern continued through the summer months resulting in the vintage’s modest yields. Warmth arrived in late October, which provided supple ripeness to this long hang-time vintage and gave accentuated red fruit character in the finished wine.