2019 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
The Tasting Panel, January/February 2022
2022 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition
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 mushroom risotto 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 CSWA Certified Sustainable Pinot Noir vineyard resides in the cool and windy enclave of the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County. Comprised of two early-ripening Dijon selections of Pinot Noir (clones 667 and 777), 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 refined structure and flavor.
A consistent series of winter storms primed the Arroyo Seco AVA with 40% more rainfall than average leading into the 2019 growing season. Annual spring growth started in mid-March and was slow to develop due to cooler than normal temperatures though springtime bloom and well into summer. September was the warmest month of the year, which helped develop the ripe strawberry fruit signature that our Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir has always been known for. Yields were a modest 4 tons per acre, producing a wine with a rich structure and broad palate.