Wine Spectator | Rating: 89A rich, opulent style, with a core of ripe pear, apple, fig and melon, shaded by hazelnut-tinged oak. A bit raw and intense in texture, but certainly not lacking in richness or flavor. Drink now through 2007. 275 cases made.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Explosive aromas of lemon, lime and minerals; less buttery and hazelnutty than most of the foregoing samples. Dense, rich and opulent; a lush wine that really blossoms in the mouth. Intriguing flavors of spice, vanilla cream and smoke complicated and lifted by citrus zest and crushed stone flavors. Uncompromisingly dry but also broad and consistent. Showing impressively today, but capable of evolving in bottle for at least a few years.Author: Stephen Tanzer
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2002 Chardonnay Three Sisters Vineyard Sea Ridge Meadow tastes like pure oil of lemon with a flinty, rocky component added for additional complexity. Broad, rich, full-bodied, heady, and alcoholic, with loads of concentration and hints of white peaches intermixed with brioche, this is an impressive Chardonnay to drink over the next 4-5 years.Author: Robert Parker
In 1973 Lee, Sr., Leno's son, took over management of his Uncle Tony Bondi's estate in the Russian River Valley and made his mark as a premium grape grower. He and his wife Carolyn realized the potential of their crops and started their own winery and tasting room in two converted hop barns. A chance meeting with Helen Turley in 1993 introduced a slew of progressive viticultural and cellar practices that catapulted them to the next level.
See other similar producers:Patz & Hall,Brewer-Clifton,Hanzell Vineyards
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.
Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from , where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include , , , and .
New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in , particularly and , and top producers include , , and .
High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 106 bottles owned
- 43 collectors