DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 92 Points - Affairs of the Vine 2013 Rhone Shootout, San Francisco CA
We had a dreamy ferment using D80 yeast. Fermentation was slow in the start allowing us to develop lots of glycerol, contributing to the glorious mouth-feel. Steady in mid-ferment, so we were able to retain great aromatic elements – cocoa, dried flowers, cassis and clove. The finished wine is deep and complex – earthy with raspberry, cherry and spice notes. Drink now through 2020.
This wine has both brightness and earthy tones amidst the brambly fruit backdrop. Deep, plummy color and floral aromatics. The cooler Westside climate moderated ripeness and gave us grapes that allowed us to produce an "old world" style wine, with balanced fruit and integration. All the classic zinfandel aromas and flavors are present, nuanced by an austerity that is hard to come by in most California Zinfandels.
2010 marked the first crop from these young vines. We used the tiny first yield to create our reserve Pinot – barely enough fruit for a mere 25 cases. The minuscule crop 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 a 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.
Illuminatus is a classic Sangiovese from head to toe. A nose full of flowers, wild cherry, blueberry and cassis. Luscious and vibrant on entry with explosive red fruit, violet and mineral. The acidity is lively and juicy, and gives way to a full body and soft, supple tannins. Finishes long and clean. Drink now through 2017.