2010 Fogstone Pinot Noir

Fogstone Vineyard is one of the northernmost estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands, occupying an east facing slope that rises from 200 feet to 500 feet as you go up the bench. Originally planted in 1993 through 1997, Fogstone has thirty-two acres of Pinot Noir, with a mix of several different clones. The property’s close proximity to Monterey Bay makes for a very cool climate, with one of California’s longest growing seasons. The resulting slow, gentle ripening allows for full flavor development on the vine. Fogstone is one of Testarossa’s most innovative vineyard partners; Director of Winemaking, Bill Brosseau directly oversees all the farming and viticultural decisions for the estate’s sixteen acres of Pinot Noir that are designated for the winery.

This 2010 release is the first, debut Testarossa vintage from this exciting property. Bill Brosseau’s philosophy of minimal intervention in the vineyard leads to a very real sense of place - allowing the fruit to to be uniquely “Fogstone.” The 2010 vintage was an exceptionially cool year in the Highlands, providing a small crop of focused, intense Pinot fruit. The Pinot Noir harvest at Fogstone took place on  October 12 and 14.  Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was carefully hand sorted and allowed an extended cold soak. A gentle gravity flow process is used throughout the winery. The free run juice went through primary fermentation before being racked into French oak, of which forty-six percent was new. Secondary malo-lactic conversion occured  naturally. The wine was allowed ten months of barrel aging. Only 493 cases were produced.