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.
Kirk Lokka, Alberigi, Dierke, Benziger
Sebastopol, Occidental, Bodega
777, 115, 114, 828, Mt. Eden
August 28th– October 1st
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED
THE WINE ADVOCATE, #221, October 2015
“Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina is from an organically farmed vineyard planted in Goldridge soils. This is generally from Dijon clones with a little bit of Mt. Eden. The wine is round, juicy, with dark berry fruit, tobacco leaf and forest floor notes, medium body and soft tannins. It should drink nicely for at least 7-10 years. ” —Robert M. Parker Jr
VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
“The 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina is quite floral and lifted in this vintage. Freshly cut flowers, sweet red berries, mint and spices all grace the palate in a feminine, gracious wine. The core of the blend is Hallberg fruit, which is fleshed out with deselected barrels from the vineyard designates.”— Antonio Galloni
THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
“The 2013 Pinot Noir La Neblina (10% stems are used) comes from the Goldridge soils of the Sebastopol Bench area. Primarily Dijon clones blended with a small amount of the Mt. Eden clone, this is an earthy, pomegranate, plum and Asian soy-scented Pinot with an elegant, crisp, zesty style in keeping with the vintage character. Drink now-2020.” —Robert M. Parker Jr.