Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fog Crest Vineyard - Sebastapol, California

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The Winery and Vineyards

 

Fog Crest Vineyard is a family-owned 30-acre site located in the Russian River Valley on a ridge above the Santa Rosa plain. Like many of its neighbors the Estate was previously home to apple orchards. It was established in 1997 by James and Rosalind Manoogian  and for five years the Fog Crest Chardonnay was made as a vineyard designate by Stryker Sonoma Winery. Then in 2005 Fog Crest Vineyard produced their first vintage under their own label. The wines are crafted by winemaker Daniel Moore under the direction of consulting winemaker David Ramey.



Fog Crest’s vineyards are planted on hillsides with a south/east exposure which provide for both excellent drainage and the full morning sun which is optimum for growing premium wine grapes in the cool Russian River Valley. The vineyard soils are dominated by the Wilson Grove formation, a fine-grained marine sandstone that provides Goldridge – Sebastopol sandy loam soils. Together, the exposure, soils and climate to create a premium wine growing terroir that makes the area ideal for their vineyard planted to Dijon clones 95 and 548 of and Dijon clones 115, 777 and 828, and Pommard and Mt. Eden clones of Pinot Noir with a total acreage is 5.5 acres of Chardonnay and 3.6 acres of Pinot Noir.



Fog Crest Vineyard is sort of an “off the radar” winery that has yet to be widely recognized as its tasting room opened this year. But after visiting and enjoying the beautiful view, the lovely wines and top notch hospitality I am sure they will soon make a name for themselves as a “must visit” premium producer in the Russian River Valley.



The Wines



While visiting the tasting room I sampled the following wines:

2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This is a clear pink wine with moderate intensity and medium viscosity. On the nose it is clean with moderate- intense aromas of strawberries, cranberries and subtle notes of dried roses. On the palate it is dry with medium+ acid, light bodied, and moderate complexity with moderate length spicy finish. This wine sells for $21 per bottle.



2010 Elevage Estate Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is a clear white wine, straw in color with moderate intensity and medium+ viscosity. On the nose it is clean with medium intense aromas of peach skin, oxidized apples, lemon custard, oxidized orange peels and caramelized pears with minor notes of graphite and pencil shavings. It is dry with a medium+ acidity, it is medium bodied with medium+ alcohol and a medium+ length finish. Out of the three Chards I tasted this was the most unique and complex with aromas and flavors outside the box of your standard California Chardonnay. This wine sells for $45 per bottle.



2011 Estate Bottled Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is a clear white wine, straw in color with moderate intensity and medium+ viscosity. On the nose it is clean with medium intense aromas of peach, yellow apples, pear, creamed corn and just a hint of butter and popcorn. It is dry with a medium+ acidity, it is medium bodied with medium+ alcohol and a medium+ length finish. This is definitely a California-style Chardonnay and yet it is well balanced and not overly oaky or buttery. This wine sells for $39 per bottle.



2012 Laguna West Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This is a clear white wine, straw in color with moderate intensity and medium+ viscosity. On the nose it is clean with medium intense aromas of peach, yellow apples, pear, with minor notes of butter and popcorn. It is dry with a medium+ acidity, it is medium bodied with medium+ alcohol and a medium+ length finish. This is similar to the previous wine but the flavors are not as well integrated and harmonized, but it was recently bottled and was not yet on the tasting list so it may need some more time. This wine sells for $39 per bottle.



2011 Laguna West Pinot Noir

This is a clear ruby colored wine with medium intensity and moderate+ viscosity. On the nose it has moderate aromas of raspberries, cranberries, tart cherries with hints of cola, clove, and spice. On the palate it is dry with medium- tannins, medium+ acidity, medium bodied and a long finish. This wine sells for $39 per bottle.



2011 Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This is a clear ruby colored wine with medium intensity and moderate+ viscosity. On the nose it has moderate aromas of raspberries, cranberries, ripe cherries with hints of cola, clove, and a touch more spice than the previous wine. On the palate it is dry with medium- tannins, medium+ acidity, medium bodied and a long finish. This wine sells for $49 per bottle.



2012 Estate Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This is a clear ruby colored wine with medium intensity and moderate+ viscosity. On the nose it has moderate aromas of strawberry preserves, spiced plums, root beer, a hint of smoke and cola. It is dry with medium tannins, medium+ acidity and a medium length finish. This was my favorite wine in the line-up so I brought one home for $49.



To visit or for more information:

Fog Crest Vineyard

7602 Occidental Rd

Sebastopol, CA 95472

Phone: (800) 931-2906

2 comments:

Jane Carter said...

As a wine enthusiast, my travels have taken me to a wide variety of vineyards and wine areas of France and Italy, and of course to the wonderful gardens of the wineries and surrounding places. Such spectacular fountains, planters and statuary! Citrus and olive trees in beautiful planters, stone statuary in the midst of bubbling fountains, elaborate terra cotta creations…. Imagine my pleasure, then, when I walked into Authentic Provence in West Palm Beach, Florida. In a beautiful environment of running water and good smells, the owners have sourced one of the finest collections of European garden antiques that I have seen in the USA: statues, fountains, planters (note especially the classic Caisse de Versailles, and Anduze pottery), terra cotta shields, stone animals, copper pots, garden spouts, etc. They also have beautiful stone fireplaces, re-purposed tiles, and many other specialty items. They are available online at http://authenticprovence.com, and can arrange shipping anywhere in the US. Well worth a visit!

Anonymous said...

A new winery in my backyard?! Hmmm... Must.check.out.