Fruit for this wine is sourced from select vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills, one of California’s premiere cool-climate viticultural regions. This appellation is known for producing fantastic Pinot Noirs. The soils are maritime limestone based and the weather is consistently cool thanks the moist ocean breezes that sweep through the vineyards daily. The cool, windy, rolling appellation isplanted to a combination of heritage, heirloom, and other specifically selected clones including clone 2a and Pommard 667.
2014 was a prolific vintage in the Sta. Rita Hills. The growing season had warmer than average temperatures and a small amount of rainfall. However, the cool ocean breezes that sweep the vineyards daily led to ideal timing and even growth of the vines. A slightly earlier bloom and fruit set led into warm summer months that contributed rich flavor concentration and even fruit maturity.
The 2014 Fog Theory is exceptionally dark and rich. Aromas of ripe raspberry and dark berry fill the glass with hints of vanilla. The 20% new oak allows the grape tannin to shine, while still contributing barrel spices to the palate. A full, lush mouthfeel is accented by soft notes of nutmeg and pepper on the finish.