2011 Fogdog Pinot Noir
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100% estate-grown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards.
September 24 - October 24, 2013
Grapes were picked early each day to preserve freshness and acidity levels in the fruit, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks with regular punch downs. The grapes remained on skins for up to 20 days before 9 months of barrel aging, 25% new and 75% 2-3 year-old French oak barrels.
The 2011 Fogdog Pinot Noir is loaded with rich aromas of Black cherry, red raspberry, wild mushroom, tangerine peel and hints of earth and violets. Nicely balanced with bright acidity, this wine is filled with rich red fruit, white pepper and baking spices. During the Fogdog blending process, wines are chosen that boast lively fruit characteristics in addition to texture and acidity that are approachable upon release.
The 2011 growing season was marked by cool weather and rain that lasted until June. Bud break and bloom were later than usual, but by the summer months, moderate temperatures and afternoon sunshine kicked the growing season into gear. A warming trend in September helped the grapes ripen to maturity. The 2011 Pinot Noir growing season was slow and cool, producing exceptional fruit with uniform sugar and acid levels, making for ideal natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are nicely balanced and concentrated, with a lingering Freestone spice element. Pinot Noir blocks were picked before the October rains.
Wine Notes (PDF)