The Fog Prince 2015 Inconceivable Pinot Noir
The California drought continued for the 2015 vintage. Grape vine yields were naturally low, indeed: downright tiny! Growing conditions were steady, and provided a low-yield, quality-driven wine grape crop. Our 2015 wines have good concentration, and show excellent varietal character.
Varietal blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard, Sierra Madre Vineyard, John Sebastiano Vineyard.
Harvest Method: 100% hand picked
Processing: 10% whole cluster, 90% de-stemmed, berry-sorted and partially crushed. Cold soaked for 3 days in oak puncheons and 3/4 ton bins before fermentation.
Fermentation: 35% barrel fermented in new French oak. 65% fermented in open-top 3/4 ton fermenters. Severby-hand punch-downs per day. Basket-pressed directly to barrels for aging.
Maturation: 10 months in a combination of new and older French oak barrels, with topping monthly. 100% malolactic fermentation.
Tasting Notes: Its deep red-garnet color presages the character-depth of this wine. Aromas of wild raspberries, rose petals, and bramble, with a sense of sea-floor minerality. This Pinot Noir is medium-bodied and offers tart red-raspberry and juicy red cherry fruit flavors. And there's that sea-floor minerality again, adding an earthy complexity. The gentle waves of flavor are smooth in the mouth. The wine is rich, with just enough tannin from the whole-cluster fermentation element to give it a nice backbone to support the fleshy-fruit and earthy flavors.
Inconceivable should, perhaps, be called “Conceived At Last!” These are wines produced and bottled by and for Middleton Family Wines. We imagined them, then considered our grape sourcing and winemaking, and declared them INCONCEIVABLE … and set about finding ways to make them anyway.
Inconceivable wines encourage discovery, each labeled with a map indicating physical landmarks, each with aromas and flavors offering sensory landmarks, to guide the curious wine lover.
PH AT BOTTLING: 3.6
TA AT BOTTLING G/L: 5.9
BOTTLING DATE: July 25, 2016
CASE PRODUCTION: 2,079 cases (12 x 750ml screw-cap bottles)
INCONCEIVABLE WINES are always “of a place.” They have distinctive aromas and flavors indigenous and inherent to where they are grown. Our labels identify place-clues for exploring the wine within the bottle.