2021 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir
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The 2021 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir expresses the typicity of the Arroyo Seco region with bing cherry, strawberry compote, and dried sage on the nose. Bright red cherry flavors wash across the palate and leave peppery spice on the lengthy finish.
— Brenden Wood, red winemaker
Pinot Noir clone 667
Arroyo Seco AVA, Monterey County, CA
Five-plus years aging potential with the greatest evolution of complex aromas within the first year in bottle5 Years
Pair with cast iron shepherd’s pie or mushroom risotto
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 early ripening Dijon clone 667, 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.
Monterey County enjoyed preseason showers in January 2021 but an especially dry winter and spring followed. Only one inch of additional rain was recorded in March, putting total rainfall accumulation at 75% of the county annual historic average for the vintage. Although dry, spring and summer temperatures were mild with daytime temperatures between flower bloom and veraison well below average. Pinot Noir crop yields were modest in 2021 and the cool but dry weather allowed for slow ripening and retention of delicate, expressive aromatics found in this noble grape. Our 2021 Fog’s Reach Pinot Noir was aged 8 months on light lees in 35% new French oak barrels with the balance in 4th-fill French cooperage. This added subtle oak notes and viscosity on the palate while maintaining the refined fruit signature of this terroir-driven Pinot Noir.