Vineyard and Region Information: When you are setting out to produce Pinot Noir that is evocative of the old world, there are very few places in the new world where one can achieve that. The region that we feel has been most successful in this regard is the extreme California coast - those vineyards planted within six miles of the Pacific and the cooling fog that rolls in off the ocean. The Corralitos foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains are just a few miles from the deep waters and abundant fog of Monterey Bay. It has proven over the years to be one of our favorite places to source Pinot Noir as every year we get enough fog and cooling from the ocean to allow the grapes to ripen slowly. The net effect is great physiological ripeness at low sugar levels, along with well lignified stems. We believe these are essential to produce great Pinot.
Wine Notes: The nose is redolent of pomegranate, hints of baking spice, fresh cherries. The texture is fine grained and silky with hints of the dense and fine stem tannin still lingering and which will no doubt resolve over time and meld into the wine giving it greater body and texture. In some past vintages of Lester, early on it would express hints of green, but there is none to be found here. While coming off as elegant and shy at first blush, the density and texture on the palate along with seamless acidity bely a wine that will pay dividends with some aging time. The palate echoes the nose with red fruits, cherries, pomegranate and those subtle hints of spice that are a telltale characteristic Pinots from the Corralitos region.