The Fog Prince 2014 Inconceivable Pinot Noir
In spite of California’s continuing drought, grape-growing conditions for the 2014 vintage were very good, yielding an abundant and quality-driven crop. Good fortune years like this are a blessing and our 2014 vintage wines show good depth of character.
Varietal blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyards: 65% John Sebastiano Vineyard, high elevation, steep terrain, just outside of the Santa Rita Hills AVA. 35% Wind Willow Farms, low elevation, just west of Los Alamos.
Harvest Method: 100% hand picked
Processing: 10% whole cluster, 90% de-stemmed, berrysorted 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. Four by-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: Deep garnet purple color visually shows the intensity of this wine. Aromas of wild black raspberries, rose petals, seafloor and spice. The wine is medium-bodied, showing ripe raspberry and juicy dark cherry fruit flavors with an earthy seafloor minerality. With a velvety mouthfeel, this wine is rich with just enough tannin (from the whole cluster fermentation) to give it a nice backbone, lending support to the fleshy, earthy dark fruit.
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: 3.8
TA AT BOTTLING G/L: 6.0
BOTTLING DATE: July 23, 2015
CASE PRODUCTION: 610 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.