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.
2009 Fog Crest Laguna West Pinot Noir
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.
The Russian River Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Sonoma County, California. Centered around the Russian River, the Russian River Valley AVA accounts for about one-sixth of the total planted vineyard acreage in Sonoma County. The appellation was granted AVA status in 1983 and enlarged in 2005. The area generally lies between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa in the south, and Forestville and Healdsburg in the north. The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot noir and Chardonnay.