TWC is pretty picky about Pinot Noir and I find most of them to be overpriced and over-rated. I blame Sideways, a movie that could have easily gone horribly wrong, but didn't. Sideways spawned a backlash against Merlot that was somewhat undeserved. Come to think of it, though, the universally insipid, watery, house Merlot got what it deserved. The flip of that is that we've been treated to a host of insipid, watery Pinots that, in addition to being suck, are pricey.
The Fog Crest isn't inexpensive, you'll find it between $30.00 and $40.00 US and it is a pretty good Pinot Noir. That may seem decidedly underwhelming, but consider this Gentle Reader: it is rare, indeed, for TWC to enjoy a Pinot Noir.
One important note: the Fog Crest needs some breathing time. It definitely begins to open up after the second glass. You may wish to decant this wine (I see No Star in the back row nodding in agreement). Actually, go ahead and decant this wine and then come back to it in a half hour. Your patience will be handsomely rewarded.
Fog Crest Vineyard is family-owned. Prior to 1998 the land was primarily apple orchards and hops. The soil here is reputed to be ideal for Pinot, and accordingly three and a half acres are devoted to Pinot Noir. The Laguna West Pinot is sourced from an adjacent vineyard with similar characteristics.
Nose: Incense and perfume carry aromas of violets, allspice and wild berries creating a wonderful aromatic profile framed by subtle toast character.
Flavors: The initial taste reveals Bing cherry and dark plum flavors supported by ripe soft tannins. Quintessential to the house style, the wine has great structure from natural acidity that sends flavors of dark fruit and cola to a lingering finish.
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