Cherry, plum and yet more cherry lift up aromas of sassafras and nuances of anise. Soft oak character is the background that contributes the spice and cola aromatics. At first taste, the wine reveals a core of mixed berry cherry flavors supported by ripe soft tannins. The wine has great structure from natural acidity that sends flavors of dark fruit and cola to a lingering finish.
Fog Crest Vineyard was established in 1998 in the Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area of Sonoma County, California. The estate has a long tradition in agriculture, formally raising hops, apples, and now wine grapes just north of the town of Sebastopol. The rolling hills with a south/east exposure provide for both excellent drainage and the full morning sun so necessary in the cool Russian River Valley. The vineyard soils are dominated by the Wilson Grove formation, a sandstone ridge that used to be beachfront property 3 – 5 million years ago. This fine-grained, marine sandstone yields the locally famous Goldridge – Sebastopol sandy loam soils long favored by the area’s agricultural community. These influences combine to create a classic Burgundian terroir in the Russian River Valley. Our vineyard is planted with two carefully selected Dijon clones of Chardonnay, and a combination of three Dijon clones and two heritage clones of Pinot Noir.
Spice, clove and lemon grass add interest to lemon lime aromas that also show a nuance of butterscotch. The citrus flavors are balanced by mouth filling minerality yielding a long, crisp, balanced finish. The use of mature oak aging will allow the mineral flavors to develop complexity with the fruit character creating a wine that has the yollthful exuberance of Chablis as well as the ability to age gracefully like the wine from our Estate Vineyards.