Between two ridges in the hills above Boonville, Mendocino County, sits Lazy Creek’s newest ranch, Middleridge, in Anderson Valley. It’s quiet and peaceful, with warm, western winds sweeping across the vineyards in the afternoon, so the flavors of the grapes tend to be very fruit driven, but still possess the spice and minerality for which the valley is known. The 2014 Lazy Creek Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of vanilla, cherry and anise with a touch of cola, complimented by generous flavors of Bing cherry, black cherry and red plum with a background of spice and toast.
Characterized by gentle and open rolling hills studded with large oak trees, Middleridge is a 160-acre ranch where 22 acres of well-regarded Pinot Noir clones are planted at 1,275-foot elevation. 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 Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed, sorted a second time, then cold soaked for two to three days to optimize fruit flavors and aromas. Fermentation is carried out in small bins and stainless steel open-top fermentors. Various yeast strains are introduced to add 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 wines are aged for 10 months in new and older French oak barrels.
Our Lazy Creek Vineyards Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir is a seductive, aromatic wine that pairs well with salmon, fowl and meat entrees such as beef bourguignon or rack of lamb.
- Anderson Valley
- September 2015
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2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | Gold Medal Winner
Prince of Pinot, July 2016 | 90 Points
"Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas build in the glass over time, offering pleasing dark Bing cherry and wooded path notes. The wine offers a palate of juicy dark red and purple berries enhanced with toasted oak veneer. Silky in the mouth, with modest tannins and a pleasant, modestly long finish." ~ Rusty Gaffney
Wine Spectator, June 2016 | 90 Points
"Strikes a balance between rich, vivid blueberry, wild berry and plum flavors and smoky, toasty oak, ending with a long, deep finish and a measure of elegance and finesse. Drink now. 418 cases made." ~ James LaubeDownload PDF
California Grapevine, May 2016 | 92 Points
"Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, spicy, earthy, raspberry and Bing cherry fruit aroma with floral notes and a hint of cola; medium to medium-full body; deep, rich, bright, cherry and red berry fruit flavors with earthy notes, vibrant acidity, hints of baking spices, and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Elegantly styled and very enjoyable to drink now. Very highly recommended."Download PDF
The Tasting Panel Blues Reviews Extra, April-May 2016 | 90 Points
"Bright and smooth with ripe cherry and clean, juicy style; fresh, tangy and long with balance and notes of earth and spice." ~ Anthony Dias Blue
Wine Enthusiast, August 2016 | 93 Points
"Polished but concentrated, fruity but complex, this beautifully shaped wine is simply delicious. While fairly full-bodied, it has an elegant texture, focused black-cherry flavors, harmonious and moderate oak notes. This is so tempting to drink now, but will be best after 2019." ~ Jim Gordon