2010 Foggy Bottom Reserve Pinot Noir
Hidden Valley Vineyard
Paso Robles, California
Hidden Valley Vineyard is our proprietary vineyard, located in Paso Robles’ Westside, just south of scenic Highway 46 West. Late in the growing season, the coastal influence that creates the cooler Templeton Gap micro-climate often brings a swirling morning fog to the lower parts of the vineyard. Our Pinot Noir block is planted at the lowest, coolest spot in the field, which we nicknamed “Foggy Bottom”
We used the tiny yield from this area to create our reserve Pinot – barely enough fruit for a mere 25 cases.
The minuscule yield gave us just enough juice for a single barrel. We selected new French Oak and aged the wine in barrel for 12 months. An early tasting of the wine reveals the classic characteristics of the 777 clone – blackberries, black cherry and even hint of leather and tobacco. Foggy Bottom Reserve is an elegant Pinot that’s ready to drink now but should age gracefully for the next 7 to 10 years.
Pick date: October 4th, 2010
Brix at harvest: 25.9
100% Pinot Noir, Clone 777. Aged 12 months in new French oak.
TA: 6.2 g/L
Alcohol by volume: 14.8%
RS: 0 g/L