Spanish for “fog,” la neblina rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to blanket and cool the coastal Pinot Noir vineyards of western Sonoma County. The 2013 vintage of La Neblina is true to form and energetically mouthwatering. Meticulously grown organic fruit from the Hallberg Ranch (ala Kirk Lokka) make up the core. Fermented with 10% whole-cluster inclusion and barrel-aged with a judicious use of new French oak for 16 months, this wine entered the bottle in January 2015, unfined and unfiltered.

Ruby claret in color, the 2013 Radio-Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir is presently accessible, yet will be exciting to watch develop in bottle over the next several years. Led by a strong fresh red fruit character, fresh cranberry, red cherry, and tart strawberry are revealed with nose and palate, along with a directed minerality. The complexity of this wine continues to develop as pomegranate emerges. A secondary floral tone of tealeaf counterbalances the fresh red fruit characters first observed. Drink now or cellar 5-7 years.

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COASTAL CUVÉE:

La Neblina
GROWERS:
Kirk Lokka, Alberigi, Dierke, Benziger
APPELLATION:
Sonoma Coast
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Sebastopol, Occidental, Bodega
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
777, 115, 114, 828, Mt. Eden
HARVEST DATE:
August 28th– October 1st
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
 

THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
“The 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina (10% stems are used) comes from the Goldridge soils of the Sebastopol Bench area. Primarily Dijon clones blended with a small amount of the Mt. Eden clone, this is an earthy, pomegranate, plum and Asian soy-scented Pinot with an elegant, crisp, zesty style in keeping with the vintage character. Drink now-2020.” —Robert M. Parker Jr.

 

 
 
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