This brand-new, 2016 Lazy Creek Vineyards Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from our ranches in the Anderson Valley. Delicious and sustainably-farmed, this wine has aromas of spice, cola, plum blossom, black fruit, floral notes and graphite. The palate is rich and juicy with generous dark plum, acai and blueberry pie with cinnamon, clove and toast lingering on the finish.
Peaceful and bucolic Anderson Valley, located just off the coastal region of Mendocino County, has warm, sunny days and cool, foggy mornings and nights that are ideal for growing grapes. The 2016 growing season started with a warm spring and some much needed rain. Bloom occurred in late May with a very bountiful set. Summer weather was ideal with not a lot of heat spikes and a mild August that allowed for ideal ripening. September brought warmer days and pushed the grapes to optimal ripeness. Harvest began mid-September and finished October 1.
The hand-harvested grapes are brought to the winery in macrobins where they are gently destemmed and transferred to small, stainless steel open-top fermenters or bins. After a three day cold soak at 50 degrees Fahrenheit to optimize fruit aromas and flavors, various yeast strains are introduced 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 final blend was assembled in July and bottled in August.
The Lazy Creek Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is delicious paired with braised meats, fowl, veal, salmon, lobster and prawns. Medium-textured soups and stews are also complementary. For cheese pairings with our Pinot Noir, try Gruyère, Gouda, French chévre, Comté, Edam or a light Cheddar.
- August 2017
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Restaurant Wine Issues 184, 185, & 186 | 5 Stars
The 2016 is a rich, well balanced wine with full body, ripe fruit character (cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, nutmeg, black tea), layers of oak complexity (vanilla, toast, oak), good balance, and a very long finish. Can be aged further. Three day cold soak. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 43% new. 14.4% [2021-2023]
– Ronn Wiegand
California Grapevine | 90
Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with hints of cola and graphite; medium to medium-full body; elegantly styled, nicely balanced, red and dark fruit flavors with bright acidity, notes of baking spices and cola, and shows richness and plushness in the pleasing mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now and over the next year or two. Very highly recommended.