Located just off the coastal region of Mendocino County, peaceful and bucolic Anderson Valley has warm, sunny days and cool, foggy mornings that create the ideal microclimate for producing this exclusive, limited bottling Lazy Creek Vineyards “Five Barrel” Pinot Noir. This un-fined, unfiltered Pinot Noir is a blend of our five favorite barrels from two blocks on our estate ranch. Offering heady, complex aromas of sarsaparilla, wild berry and star anise, the flavors entice with juicy acai berry, black cherry and wild blueberry complemented by hints of toast and baking spices. Balanced and rich, this wine builds intensity through to the complex, lingering finish.
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, then barrel aged for 11 months.
Our Lazy Creek Vineyards “Five Barrel” 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
- September 2015
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2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | Gold Medal Winner
Wine Enthusiast, August 2016 | 94 Points
"This wine pulls everything together for great enjoyment: vivid, fresh fruit aromas and a dash of oak spice, deep and layered fruit flavors like ripe but tangy black cherries, and a powerful but soothing texture that carries along all those flavor impressions through a long finish. Best now through 2020." ~ Jim Gordon
Prince of Pinot, July 2016 | 91 Points
"Moderately dark crimson color in the glass. Aromas of muddled black cherries and blueberries lead to a mid weight plus styled wine offering an intense and sappy attack of blueberry-pomegranate fruit flavor backed by structured tannins. A hedonistic offering yet has seamless bearing on the palate except for the finish when some alcoholic warmth appears especially as the wine warms in the glass." ~ Rusty Gaffney
California Grapevine, May 2016 | 91 Points
"Medium ruby; attractive, spicy, black cherry fruit aroma with a hint of cola; medium to medium-full body; deep, textured, earthy, black cherry and red currant flavors with hints of baking spices and some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Currently a bit tight and deserving of a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended."Download PDF
The Tasting Panel Blues Reviews Extra, April-May 2016 | 92 Points
"Smooth, ripe and lush with bright cherry and rich texture; juicy, dense and tangy; long and balanced." ~ Anthony Dias Blue