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:
International Women's Wine Competition | Gold - 94 Pts
2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge | Silver
2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition | Silver
Wine Enthusiast | 90 Points
A deep color and effusive fruit aromas get this medium-bodied wine off to a big start, then vivid black cherry, blackberry and clove flavors kick in. It's focused on fresh fruit notes that go relatively deep on the palate and linger on the finish.
– Jim Gordon
2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition | Gold
California Grapevine | 91 Points
Medium-light to medium-ruby ; attractive, fragrant, deep, spicy, dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with floral notes and hints of clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and anise; medium to medium-full body; forward, rich, fleshy, supple, red and dark fruit flavors with hints of mocha and Asian spices, and a slight creaminess in the velvety mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended.
Prince of Pinot | 93 Points
Moderately dark garnet color in the glass. Demonstrative aromas of cherry, spice and earthy flora really entice. Beautifully composed, with a plethora of spiced black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors framed by ripe tannins and deft oak enhancement. A savory note plies the background of this highly enjoyable wine that finishes with impressive length.