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 wild berry, anise laced cherry, acai, spice and rose petal, the flavors entice with a dense core of rich boysenberry, black plum and blueberry complemented by hints of licorice, oak and black tea. Balanced and rich, this wine builds intensity through to the complex, lingering finish.
A mild winter and warm spring led to an early bud break in March. Cool temperatures in May extended the bloom period, but was interrupted by spring rain. Ongoing drought conditions, coupled with a light crop led to an early harvest that began on September 2 and ended on September 14.
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
- August 2016
- Total Acidity:
California Grapevine, July 2017 | 92 Points
"Medium-light to medium-ruby color; attractive, fragrant, floral, raspberry and cherry fruit aroma with good depth and intensity, spicy notes, and hints of clove, vanilla and anise; medium to medium-full body; deep, ripe, elegantly styled, cherry and dark berry fruit flavors that are nicely balanced and show some richness in the mounthfeel; medium to medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very appealing now though best to age for several more years. Very highly recommended."
2017 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competiton | Silver Medal
2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition | Gold Medal