2012 Fogdog Pinot Noir

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Blend and Grape Sources
100% estate-grown Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards.
Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates
September 13 – October 14, 2012.
Winemaking Data

Grapes were picked in the cool, early morning hours to preserve freshness and acidity levels in the fruit, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks with regular punch downs prior to French oak aging for 9 months in 25% new and 75% two- to-three year-old French oak barrels before bottling in August 2013.

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 Fogdog Pinot Noir boasts dark cherry and Freestone spice followed by fresh earth and hints of toasty oak. Bright, with balanced acidity and nice texture, this wine is filled with lush red raspberry, cherry compote and savory herbs leading to a pleasing long finish touched by wild mushroom and baking spices. During the Fogdog blending process, wines are chosen that reflect ripe fruit characteristics in addition to texture and acidity that are approachable at release.

Vintage Notes
The 2012 growing season began with normal winter and early spring rains. The 2012 weather pattern more closely aligned with the 2008 growing season, with bud break and veraison occurring earlier than in 2010 and 2011. Coastal morning fog gave way to warm afternoon sunshine during the important summer months for a long, moderate growing season. Grapes were given ample time for even, full maturity with uniform sugar and acid levels. 
2012 produced exceptional quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Sonoma Coast region. The Pinot Noirs are balanced and concentrated with appealing fruit and spice elements.
Wine Notes (PDF)