Located just off the coastal region of Mendocino County, peaceful and bucolic Anderson Valley has warm, sunny days and cool, foggy mornings and nights that create the ideal microclimate for producing the Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir. This delicious, sustainably-farmed wine has aromas of violets, toast, black fruits and a touch of pie crust. Dense and weighty flavors of blackberry, blueberry and acai with notes of star anise and clove round out this delicious wine. Rich and complex, the 2014 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir has a generous, lengthy finish.
Our low-yielding vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes is comprised of Heritage and Dijon clones said to be one of the oldest vineyards in Anderson Valley. 2014 was another drought year for California. There were some rains in February followed by a warm spring which led to early bud break. A moderate growing season all year with warm days and cool nights culminated in an early harvest before the rains began in late September.
The hand-harvested grapes for this Pinot Noir are fermented in macrobins and small, open-top tanks. Lots are cold soaked for two to three days to optimize fruit aromas and flavors, and various yeast strains are used for complexity. Fermentors are punched down one to three times per day. Wines are pressed when dry and then racked to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation.
The Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir is delicious paired with braised meats, fowl, veal, salmon, lobster and prawns. Medium-textured soups and stews are also complementary. For delicious cheese pairings with our Pinot Noir, try Gruyère, Gouda, French chévre, Comté, Edam or a light Cheddar.
- Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
- August 2015
- Total Acidity:
2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | Best of Class
2017 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge | 97 Points, Gold Medal Winner
2017 TEXSOM International Wine Competition | Bronze Medal Winner
Wine Enthusiast, August 2016 | 94 Points
"A dark color and lots of fresh-fruit aromas lead to deep, ripe black-cherry and red-cherry flavors that taste clear and delicious. With more sipping, light spicy oak nuances emerge, including a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, but nothing gets in the way of the grapes' expression. Although full bodied, the wine is gentle in texture with just enough crispness and light tannin for good balance." ~ James Gordon
Prince of Pinot, July 2016 | 92 Points
"Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose leads with hi-tone aromas of black cherry, black grape, anise and smoky spices. The tasty core of black cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, spice and smoky oak flavors arrive with purpose on the mid palate and persist through a fruit-laden finish. Some more bottle age will integrate the oak overlay further but the wine is very enjoyable now." ~ Rusty Gaffney
California Grapevine, June 2016 | 91 Points
"Medium ruby; attractive, forward, deep, black cherry and dark berry fruit aroma with hints of clove, mint, and cola; medium-full body; forward, textured, layered, herbal, red and black fruit flavors; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows good depth and concentration as it developed with airing in the glass, and deserving a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."
The Tasting Panel, May 2016 | 92 Points
"Don and Rhonda Carano's Mendocino project comes of age. Intense ripe cherry and berry fruit; mellow with hints of brown sugar and vanilla; toasty and long." ~ Anthony Dias Blue