Between two ridges in the hills above Boonville in Anderson Valley, sits Lazy Creek’s Middleridge Ranch. Quiet and peaceful with warm, western winds in the afternoon, the flavors of these grapes are very fruit driven, but still possess the spice and minerality for which the valley is known. The 2015 Lazy Creek Middleridge Ranch Pinot Noir seduces with a perfume nose of sweet cherry, caramel, vanilla and licorice. Mouthwatering, juicy flavors of plum, pomegranate and black cherry fade slightly to reveal ripe, red currants on the mid palate with persistent cola and spice on the finish.
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. 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 Pinot Noir grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field. Upon entering the winery, the grapes are gently destemmed and transferred to small bins and stainless steel, open-top fermentors. After an 3-day cold soak at 50 degrees Fahrenheit, 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 blend was assembled in July and bottled in August.
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
- August 2016
- Total Acidity:
2017 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition | Best of Show! Double Gold Medal
2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition | Double Gold
California Grapevine | 92 Points
"Medium-light to medium ruby color; attractive, forward, spicy, earthy, Bing cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with floral notes and a hint of cola; medium to medium-full body; deep, rich, fleshy, moderately concentrated, nicely balanced and structured, cherry and red berry fruit flavors with hints of baking spices and a silky mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Enjoyable to drink now with it's seductive richness, but best to age for a few more years. Very highly recommended."
Wine Enthusiast | 90 Points
"A dark color and concentrated, raisin-like aromas lead to very ripe fruit flavors and a sense of sweetness in this medium-bodied wine. It's focused, bright and cherry-like on the palate, and the richness continues on the finish."