2020 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
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The 2020 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir expresses the varietal terroir of the Arroyo Seco region with bing cherry, strawberry, and sage notes on the nose. Bright cherry flavors wash across the palate, leaving peppery spice on the lengthy finish.
— Brenden Wood, winemaker, red wine
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. The vineyard is comprised of two early-ripening Dijon selections of Pinot Noir (clones 667 and 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 refined structure and flavor.
After a fairly normal winter and spring, 2020 saw above average temperatures in September and early October that pushed ripening for the vintage - resulting in early, excellent fruit expression in the bottle. We ferment a portion of our Fog's Reach Pinot Noir on stems to add floral and peppery components to the blend. Elevage was 8 months on lees in 15% new French oak barrels with the balance in 3rd-fill cooperage This adds subtle oak notes and viscosity on the palate while maintaining the refined fruit signature of this terroir-driven Pinot Noir.