Spanish for “fog,” la neblina rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to blanket and cool the coastal Pinot Noir vineyards of western Sonoma County. Organically grown grapes in prized Goldridge soil were lovingly fermented into the 2012 La Neblina Pinot Noir. Inspiring an exuberant expression of this vintage with a diverse clonal lineup, 15% whole cluster inclusion, the La Neblina went unracked during the 16-month élevage in tight grain French oak barrels.


The 2012 La Neblina is vivid ruby red, bright and crystal clear. Summer fruits dominate the elegant nose. Deeper inspection reveals candied fruit, pomegranate, red apple, dried flowers, cola and a wet rock mineral element. The palate is acid-dominated with very fine, persistent tannins. The summer fruits show up on the palate accompanied by red apple skin, earth and spice. There is a plush fruit quality on the palate but the acidity and tannins keeps the wine high toned, lithe and lively. The finish is long and textured. Although this wine is already showing complexity and drinking well, the potential energy here is very high.


Released: Spring 2014

 
 


COASTAL CUVÉE:

La Neblina
GROWERS:
Kirk Lokka, Alberigi, Dierke
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Sebastopol, Occidental
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
777, 114, 115, 828, Mt. Eden
HARVEST DATE:
September 5th - October 4th
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
 

STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
May/June 2014
92 points
“Brilliant ruby. Lively redcurrant and cherry scents are complemented by suggestions of Asian spices and fresh rose. Highly fragrant in the mouth, offering juicy, focused red fruit flavors that put on weight with aeration. Becomes smokier with air and finishes on a spicy note, with fine-grained tannins lending shape.”— Josh Raynold
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VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
93 points
“A totally striking wine, the 2012 Pinot Noir La Neblina is laced with bright raspberry, cranberry, rose petals mint and cinnamon notes. The flavors are bright, focused and beautifully delineated throughout. Sweet floral and spice notes add lift on the finish. In this vintage, the Neblina was done with 15% whole clusters. This bright, aromatically expressive Pinot is a great choice for drinking over the next few years. There is a lot to like here. The Neblina is Radio-Coteau's largest production Pinot, should be relatively easy to find. The 2012 is a blend of several sites, including Hallberg and deselected barrels of the vineyard-designates.” — Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
“The five 2012 barrel samples of Pinot Noir I tasted include the dark ruby-colored 2012 Pinot Noir La Neblina which comes from Dijon clones planted in the famous Goldridge soils of the region. Aged [16] months in 30% new French oak, it offers lots of cranberry, strawberry and pomegranate notes along with forward, savory, flattering fruit, medium body and a soft texture. It is best drunk over the next 3-4 years.” — Robert Parker

 

 
 
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