Bright medium ruby with wide clear edges. Big nose of flowery nutmeg sage wrapped in India-ink and redwood. A touch smoky, round and plush to a fault, the prettiest softest down pillow your head could sink into completely shutting off the cold world in the loving arms of perfect cherry fruit, caramel and Anderson Valley briar.
I have been a huge fan of Lazy Creek Vineyard since I discovered it in Anderson Valley treks in the earl 90’s. At that time, the older German couple owned it and produced only a Pinot Noir and a dry Gewurztraminer. The property was relatively undeveloped–we had to ford a stream to get there–and no tasting room per se existed. Shortly thereafter, a young couple bought it and continued to produce the exemplary wines and modernized the visiting experience somewhat. A Ferrari Carano property now, but my 25-yr love affair with Lazy Creek is unabated, although I have not visited since that change.
In the mouth, oak and clover Heaven-bombs push clean lush graphite and lead shavings toward the waterfront but an oxidized chain link fence keeps everyone from falling in too deep. Elegant and smooth–yes, I just used *smooth* in a descriptor–it packs in gobs of sumptuous fruit in a completely-non-funky interpretation of Pinot, putting emphasis on minerality and clean fruit and spice while leaving barnyard completely out of the equation. A nice tingle of tannin compliments the finish on this vineyard-designate special bottling.
2013 LAZY CREEK VINEYARD Pinot Noir Middleridge Ranch Anderson Valley Mendocino Co. 14.4