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 2014 La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is comprised of a complex array of five West County coastal sites on Goldridge soil. Organically grown fruit, hand punchdowns, native fermentations, 15% whole cluster inclusion, and a 17–month élevage in just under a third new tight-grain French oak barrels enhance the natural charm of this wine. We applaud the dedicated growers who contributed to this bottling, and the 2014 La Neblina is a cellar favorite. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in January 2016.

The 2014 vintage of La Neblina Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an alluring red velvet hue encompassing a dark rose center with radiant clarity. The first impression shows pure nose filled with ripe strawberries. After a few swirls, the wine becomes more complex, letting out flowers, additional fruit and nuttiness. Intense black cherries and warm blueberry preserves rub elbows with sweet oak undertones and oven-roasted cashews. Entering the palate, the medium weight of the wine is accompanied by red raspberry and Alpine strawberries. Tempered yet persistent tannins carry pink rose petal and vibrant acidity through the lengthy finish. An age worthy vintage of La Neblina with tenacity to mature through proper cellaring 10 years.

RELEASED: Spring 2016



La Neblina
Kirk Lokka, Laguna, Dierke, Platt, Alberigi
Sonoma Coast
Sebastopol, Occidental, Bodega
Pinot Noir
777, 115, 667, 828, Calera, Mt. Eden
August 23rd– September 7th

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
(92–94 points) *barrel sample*
“The 2014 Pinot Noir La Neblina is an attractive wine, although it may be going through a slightly awkward stage, as I don't quite see the level of sweetness or early accessibility that is typical, but that could also be partly a result of the structured vintage. Dark red cherry, plum, licorice and menthol are some of the signatures, but it is the wine's tension and brilliance that I find especially compelling. I tasted the 2014 from barrel. My impression is that the 2014 will require a bit more cellaring than normal. The Neblina is a blend of five sites, with Hallberg as the core vineyard. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir from Radio-Coteau.” —Antonio Galloni


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