VINEYARD:The Lancel Creek Vineyard is located in the cool climate West Sonoma Coast area, just a mile north of the tiny town called Occidental. Managed by family-owned Valdez & Sons Vineyard Management, this tiny property was planted and tended by Ulises Valdez, Sr., who planned every detail from vine orientation to clone and rootstock. The climate here, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, is extremely marine-influenced, with plenty of dense fog from nighttime until late morning, and temperatures ranging from mid 40s to mid 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In other words, this site provides ideal Pinot Noir growing conditions. The combination of cool ocean air and the warm afternoon sunshine produces truly coastal wines with incredible balance, opulence and, most importantly, a beautiful sense of place.
TASTING NOTES:This Lancel Creek Pinot Noir exudes savory and seductive aromas of allspice, crushed bay leaves, black cherry and pomegranate. On the palate, flavors of cardamom, blood orange, rosehip, and a hint of vanilla offer a beautiful experience for those Pinot-lovers who enjoy a wine with incredible varietal character and a true sense of place. Don’t let the bright ruby color fool you…this wine has power, finesse and sex-appeal, with firm, yet supple tannins, succulent red fruit and tangy acidity all wrapped into one lovely package.