2004 Fogdog Pinot Noir

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Blend and Grape Sources

100% Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from three estate-grown vineyards in Freestone, California: Freestone Vineyard (70%); Quarter Moon Vineyard (26%); and Ferguson Vineyard (4%).

Harvest Dates
September 10 - 24, 2004
Winemaker Notes

This delicate, aromatic, fruit-driven wine was created from young, Sonoma Coast vines that are still in the process of developing their root systems. The most important goal of the winemaking process was to capture the essence of the region. We took a gentle approach, making every attempt to avoid overworking the grapes in order to capture flavor and perfume rather than excessive tannins that often come from young vine fruit.

Background

During this magnificent inaugural vintage year there was a striking sense of likeness among vineyard blocks. The absence of fog during the ripening season allowed for greater uniformity among normally different sites. Our proximity to the California coastline also saw a larger 45º daily temperature swing that enabled the grapes to mature evenly yet maintain excellent juice acidity.

However, the early day’s warming combined with intense light and lack of fog caused some raisining, and many clusters were culled both prior to harvest and on the sorting table at the winery.

One of the great strengths of this vintage was that the vineyards were in maturity alignment. All Freestone ranches were harvested within a two week period beginning September 10th. The first day of picking contained areas of low morning fog and our objective was to harvest scheduled blocks prior to warming afternoon temperatures. On September 18th we welcomed the presence of a weakened weather system which brought cloud cover and overall cooling to the region

Wine Notes (PDF)