Prince of Pinot 94pts:
Fifth release from this vineyard in the deep end of the Anderson Valley owned by Burt Williams. Sourced from the Rochioli block situated on a south slope with lighter soil provides finesse and charm, while the La Tache block is on a gentler slope with more clay soil giving more power and richness to the fruit blend. 50% rochioli selection and 50% “828” (La Tache selection). 50% whole cluster fermentation. Native fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Almost a shame to open a bottle now, for this is built to cellar a few more years. Lovely aromas of black cherry, sous-bois, dried herbs and stem. Luscious mid palate flavors of dark cherries, black raspberries and pomegranate with firm tannins underneath, and a lengthy, lip-smacking finish driven by bright acidity. Much better over time in the glass and was still pumping out glorious flavors two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very classy, even extraordinary. 13.3% alc.
From the winemaker:
Fog-Eater is a regional term used by the early settlers of Anderson Valley. During this early history these settlers created a regional dialect that is better known as ‘Boontling’. Fog-Eater is a pejorative term used to describe a coastal dweller, someone living out on the margin. We bring together sites from the Philo end or northwest end of the Anderson Valley to create the Fog-Eater. This vintage has a savory expression with deeper fruit tones and more tannin structure. 54% of this blend is made up from the Wentzell vineyard on a
north facing slope of Anderson Valley and brings more tannin, color, intensity and firm acidity. The Morning Dew Ranch is on the opposite slope of the valley at 800 ft in elevation. This site brings a more elegant structure with notes of pomegranates and floral quince. The Balo Vineyard rounds out the blend with minerals and black trumpet mushrooms and velvety tannins. This wine was made to embody a heightened level of complexity, roundness and richness. A classic representation of Anderson Valley is the result.
Fog-Eater Blend 54% Wentzel Vineyard (organic), 36% Morning Dew Ranch (sustainable), 10% Balo Vineyard (organic).
Cherry red color with a bright purple rim. The nose is complex with savory notes of sage, all spice and pennyroyal followed by cherry, plum, cranberries and pomegranate. The flavors are consistent with the
aromas with a iron mineral edge. The acids show good presence and tension balancing well with the velvety tannins. This wine is showing its austerity now, which bodes well for age worthiness.
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