The 2017 Lazy Creek Vineyards Lazy Day Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from our ranches in the Anderson Valley. Delicious and sustainably-farmed, this wine has aromas of bright cherry, cola and spice followed by a rich and juicy palate of red fruits, plum, licorice 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. After four years of drought, 2017 began with ample amounts of much-needed rain. The available water in the soil created good canopies on the vines, and average to above average yields. Summer was warm with a few heat spikes as harvest neared and some light rain showers that swept through the valley but did not affect fruit quality. Intense winds in October created fire storms in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, but luckily Anderson Valley was spared. The weather cooled soon after and the grapes were in by mid October.

The hand-harvested grapes are brought to the winery in macrobins where they are gently destemmed and transferred to small, stainless steel open-top fermentors 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.

This Lazy Creek Vineyards Lazy Day 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.

Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
August 2016
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