Fog Crest Laguna West Pinot Noir 2017 | Best of the Best Pinot under $30
Fog Crest Pinot Noir Laguna West 2017 presents a deep, dense, ruby hue. A festival of aromas is led by purple and red flowers, black cherry, and vanilla. While the mouthfeel is elegant and seductive. Yet, driven by juicy dark plum and cherry, followed by layers of spice and lovely tannins. An excellent example of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir crafted by talented winemaker Jérôme Chery. Drink now – 2028.
Catapulted into the spotlight when their release took top honors at the 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition, we’ve been hounding winemaker Jérôme Chery to share more of his effusive Pinots for months, and the wait was worth it: Today we have the excellent Fog Crest Pinot Noir Laguna West 2017 at an exclusive 36% off—and this is the only place you’ll find this ruby-hued Russian River jewel outside the winery tasting room.
Fog Crest Vineyard | Unfiltered & Unfined – Perfect for Vegans
At Fog Crest Vineyard, we are very aware of our unique terroir. The vineyard sits on the Wilson Grove formation in a natural Amphitheatre of the Russian River Valley. Most of all, these soils have become recognized as some of the world’s best for cultivating ultra-premium Chardonnay & Pinot Noir grapes. Then marrying our location with meticulous viticultural practices. Finally, adding the best of modern technology to classic old world winemaking results in this wonderful Fog Crest Laguna West Pinot Noir 2015.
While Fog Crest hand-harvests the Pinot Noir in the early morning hours to keep the fruit cool. Then de-stemming the grapes into small open top fermentors. After a 5-day cold soak, the fermentors are allowed to warm up with indigenous yeasts starting to ferment. Ultimately creating the final blend in the spring. Then resting the wine for a total of 16 months in 40% new French oak. Notably, Fog Crest Pinot Noir Laguna West 2017 is bottled unfiltered and un-fined. Of course, exemplary of the house style, the natural acidity of the fruit sends lively dark fruit and cola flavors to a lingering finish.
Winemaker Jérôme Chéry | Less is More
So, believing memorable wines are made on a small scale with the highest quality grapes, Jérôme became winemaker at Fog Crest Vineyard in January 2014. “I really wanted to relocate to western Sonoma County; the quality of the fruit here is wonderful.
Starting his career with winery stints in Provence, Loire Valley, Australia’s Swan Valley, and the Languedoc region. Then in 1997, coming to California to be Assistant Winemaker at Napa Valley’s Newton Winery. Next, joining Littoral in 2000 under Ted Lemon to focus on Chardonnay & Pinot Noir. Finally, Jérôme developed his vision of “Less is More” making terroir-driven limited production wines.