Actually not named for a cute little four legged creature at all, the wine's namesake is a white or clear spot in fog seen along the horizon. It is said to go along with fog the way a dog goes with its owner.
Fog Dog Chardonnay - from Joseph Phelps Vineyards - is 100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sourced from the Freestone estate vineyards - only five miles from the Pacific - and the Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard. It retails for $35 and I think I paid about $14 for a glass at Embers Grill and Spirits in Las Vegas.
It was an enjoyably cool evening west of the strip in Summerlin, and the wine was perfect with a snack of garlic hummus, caprese salad and goat cheese and fig crostini.
Very golden and rich looking in the glass, the nose offers a good bit of oak spice with tropical fruit and floral notes. On the palate, Fog Dog is lush with just the right amount of oak to lend a nice tone of vanilla to the fruit. A great acidity makes for a refreshing and food-friendly glass of wine.
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