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Adrian Fog was born from the idea that Pinot Noir should have a sense of place and that the vineyard is the birthplace of great wine. All of the wines are sourced from vineyards selected for their individuality and Pinot Noir bottlings are determined by the wine's individuality. The wines are produced in small lots ranging from a little over 20 cases to 330 cases. Picking, racking, and bottling are scheduled as close to the night of the full moon as possible. The owners have found that she (Adrian Fog) likes and enjoys the effects of the lunar cycle. They encourage you to drink Adrian Fog on the night of a full moon to enjoy her full seductive essence.
Annual production is 1,000 cases. Tasting is by appointment at the small winery on Gravenstein Highway (old Vacu-Dry plant) in Sebastopol (707-431-1174). The wines are sold through a mailing list with some retail distribution. In 2009, Adrian Fog is celebrating ten vintages. I have only sampled a couple of wines through the years, with the $75 price and resulting price/quality ratio deterring my interest.
2008 Adrian Fog X Decade Anniversary Bottling Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $75. Four of the best barrels in the cellar, two from Oppenlander Vineyard and two from a Sonoma Coast Vineyard. Native fermentation, free run juice only, unfined and unfiltered. Aged 11 months in new and seasoned oak. · The unpleasant nose is lacking in fruit with aromas of brier, oak char, oiled wood and ash in the forefront. Decent core of deep red berries, currants and plum with a citrus underpinning ending with a piercingly tart grapefruit peel finish. Definitely not worth the tab. Decent (-). Reviewed October 29, 2009 ARTICLE »
2007 Adrian Fog Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 320 cases, $70. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose is quite lovely initially showing plum and berry fruit with hints of oak and fennel. Over time, more floral aromas emerge, the fruit fades and a hint of alcohol appears. A medium-weighted wine with plum and blackberry fruit that is juicy, mineral-toned and earthy. Smoothly textured with minimal tannins, the wine’s firm acid backbone leads to a hi-strung, snappy finish. The most expensive Savoy bottling in 2007. Decent. Reviewed January 22, 2010 ARTICLE »
2005 Adrian Fog Savoy Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $75. · The wine has an orange tinge to the rim. The pungent nose features wet leaf and earth. The core of Pinot fruits is just fine and the texture is velvety. The finish is brisk and clean with lively acidity. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »