Spanish for “fog,” la neblina rolls in from the Pacific Ocean to blanket and cool the coastal Pinot Noir vineyards of western Sonoma County. The 2013 vintage of La Neblina is true to form and energetically mouthwatering. Meticulously grown organic fruit from the Hallberg Ranch (ala Kirk Lokka) make up the core. Fermented with 10% whole-cluster inclusion and barrel-aged with a judicious use of 25% new French oak for 16 months, this wine entered the bottle in January 2015, unfined and unfiltered.
Ruby claret in color, the 2013 Radio-Coteau La Neblina Pinot Noir is presently accessible, yet will be exciting to watch develop in bottle over the next several years. Strong red fruit character, fresh cranberry, red cherry, and tart strawberry are revealed by nose and palate, along with a directed minerality. The complexity of this wine continues to develop as pomegranate emerges. A secondary floral tone of tealeaf counterbalances the fruit characters first observed. Drink now or cellar 7-10 years.