Fog Crest Vineyard

Owner(s) James Manoogian, Rosalind Manoogian
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Fog Crest Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard located in the Russian River Valley on a ridge above the Santa Rosa plain planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Established in 1998, the estate has a long tradition of agriculture, formally raising hops and apples. Soils are the locally famous Godridge-Sebastopol sandy loam long favored for Pinot Noir. The vineyard is planted to Dijon clones 95 and 548 of Chardonnay and Dijon clones 115, 777 and 828, and Pommard and Mt. Eden clones of Pinot Noir. Total acreage is 5.5 acres of Chardonnay and 3.6 acres of Pinot Noir.

The proprietors are James and Rosalind Manoogian who purchased their 30-acre site in 1997. For five years, the Fog Crest Chardonnay was made as a vineyard designate by Stryker Sonoma. The 2005 vintage was the inaugural debut as Fog Crest Vineyard.

The wines were initially crafted by veterans David Ramey and Daniel Moore. In 2014, Jérôme Chéry, formerly of Saintsbury, became the winemaker

The winery is open for tours and tasting by appointment (800-931-2906). 7602 Occidental Road, Sebastopol. The wines are sold online.

Reviewed Wines

2013 Fog Crest Vineyard Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $55. Estate bottled. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Deep Bing cherry and blackberry aroma with a hint of brewed tea and cola. Richly appointed and very ripely fruited, with mid weight plus flavors of black cherry, black currant, rhubarb and cola. Lush on the palate with matching firm tannins, good acidity and generous toasty oak in the background. The wine finishes with an intense fan of cherry fruit. Well-done in this style. Score: 90. Reviewed October 2, 2016 ARTICLE »

2012 Fog Crest Vineyard Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $53. The vineyard is on a bench above the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Clones are 115, 777, “828,” Pommard and Mt. Eden. Primarily Goldridge soils. The winemaker is Jérôme Chéry, formerly a winemaker at Newton, Littorai, and Saintsbury. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aroma of fresh Bing cherries is accented by toasty oak. Soft and velvety in the mouth, this fruit-driven, mid to full-bodied wine, sports the luscious cherry fruit that the Russian River Valley is known for. The tannins are balanced, the velvety texture is particularly appealing, and the oak compliment adds toast and spice flavors. The wine will appeal to those who like a big, fruity style of Pinot Noir with a tug of oak. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »

2007 Fog Crest Vineyard Laguna West Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $32. Crafted by noted winemakers David Ramey and Daniel Moore. Sourced from a single neighboring vineyard. · Mineral-infused cherry and berry aromas with a little funk, forest floor, truffle and oak toast. Strawberry and cherry flavors with a little tutti-fruiti thrown in for interest. Lighter weighted with mild tannins and hi-tone acidity. A back porch Pinot with no pretensions. Decent (+). Reviewed February 15, 2010 ARTICLE »

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