Fog Mountain Merlot (PET bottle) 2006
Merlot from California
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- screw cap wine
Dark ruby color. Aromas of raspberry jam. Mouth-filling black cherry, dusty chocolate, and blackberry flavors finish soft with ripe plum notes.
Fog Mountain is a wine that evokes the cooling fog of California's hillside vineyards, in a provocative, revolutionary bottle that embraces a modern approach to reduce its carbon footprint while delivering superior convenience and value.
Fog Mountain is delivered in a revolutionary 1-liter PET (#1 plastic) bottle:
- 33% more wine – two extra glasses – than a standard 750ml bottle
- 60% smaller carbon footprint
- Less energy to produce, ship and recycle
- 100% recyclable
- 7 recycled Fog Mountain wine bottles can produce 1 extra-large t-shirt
- Quality assured; protects wine quality
- A convenience revolution: lightweight & shatterproof
- Perfect for picnics, barbecues, camping and life-on-the-go
Recommended for picnics by the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Dark boysenberry, touched with earthiness on the nose. A fruitier palate that offers some spice and concentration; long finish."
- June 21, 2009
Fog Mountain Winery
Fog Mountain: a wine that evokes the cooling fog of California’s hillside vineyards, in a provocative, revolutionary 1 Liter PET bottle that embraces a modern approach to reduce its carbon footprint while delivering superior convenience and value. Boisset is the wine world’s innovation leader with a committed philosophy of evolution in packaging that reduces wine’s carbon footprint while providing added convenience and value for the wine lover.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
2 ratings, 1 with review
Not a good buy. Marketed as a "green" alternative. Would rather drink something with a bigger carbon footprint that tasted like a decent Merlot.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.