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2014 Lazy Creek 'Lazy Day' Pinot Noir

2014 Lazy Creek 'Lazy Day' Pinot Noir Anderson Valley, Mendocino


 
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Anderson Valley is synonymous with world-class Pinot Noir and this vintage goes above and beyond. The very prestigious Mendocino County AVA has produced an incredibly approachable wine. We couldn’t be happier to be given the opportunity to offer its delicate aromas and prime cherry-focused flavors to our Members. It’s one of those wines that just makes you feel good. A medium-bodied delight perfect for easy sipping.

This vintage was crafted by Christy Ackerman who found her expertise through Ferrari-Carano’s Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Project. A decade later she is making exceptional vintages and quoted saying, “My goal in the wines is to make the finish the most important thing. The aroma makes you drink the first glass of a wine, but the finish brings you back.” And believe us we will be coming back for more of this Lazy Day sipper whose quality screams Anderson Valley, but it’s price point does not.

Reasons why we love it
Lazy Creek is under the same ownership as the elegantly acclaimed producer Ferrari-Carano. While Wine Country listed the winery in their Traveler’s Getaway Guide calling it “charming”, the Sacramento Bee called it “one of Anderson Valley’s more historic and quaint wineries, small and underappreciated.”

Underappreciated? No more! Today, Winemaker Christy Ackerman manages a very modern winery - for both the Lazy Creek and Ferrari-Carano labels - but strictly dedicated to small-lot, premium Pinot Noir. The Sacramento Bee went on to explain that Christy’s Pinot Noirs “are more structured, more acidic and more food-friendly than huskier pinot noirs coming from Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.”

Wine Spectator said, “Mendocino County's Anderson Valley had little to complain about in 2014.” Christy concurred when she told Wines & Vines “2013 and 2014 have worked out perfectly.” She also referred directly to the Lazy Day Pinot: “People absolutely love that stuff.” And who wouldn’t be overtly attracted to a 100% Anderson Valley Pinot that not only tastes great, but available at an everyday drinking price?

The “Lazy Day” Pinot Noir comes from Anderson Valley in Mendocino County where warm, sunny days and cool, foggy mornings and nights create the ideal microclimate for producing this wine. This sustainably-farmed Pinot Noir has attractive aromas of plum, cherry and rose petal with lush flavors of bright red cherry, mocha, a hint of cola and a nice touch of spice on the finish. This is a medium-bodied, easy-drinking wine.

Named for the creek that meanders through it, Lazy Creek Vineyards is located in the heart of bucolic Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. Known as the second oldest vineyard in the valley, Lazy Creek was established in the early 1900s by the Pinolis’, an Italian family who began their American odyssey by farming plum orchards and vineyards. The Pinolis sold the property to Hans and Theresia Kobler in 1969. Natives of Switzerland, Hans and Theresa converted the old barn to a winery. Hans planted Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay vines that he brought by suitcase from Europe. He was particularly proud to have had the foresight to plant Pinot Noir, even after Robert Mondavi advised against it. Hans was committed to making a good bottle of wine for a decent price, and his Burgundian-style Pinot Noir and Alsatian-style Gewürztraminer were honored with multiple international awards.

Hans operated Lazy Creek Vineyards successfully for 26 years before selling the 95-acre ranch to Josh and Mary Beth Chandler in 1998.  As luck (and the wine gods) would have it, the Chandlers found Lazy Creek by accident while on their way to make an offer on another property. At the time the Chandlers purchased Lazy Creek, there were 19 acres of planted vineyards.

In the summer of 2008, Don and Rhonda Carano discovered Lazy Creek and immediately fell for its considerable charms, as it recalled their first foray as grape growers on a small Alexander Valley ranch they purchased in 1979. Don and Rhonda also grew a few acres of Gewürztraminer that they sold to Grand Cru winery. Owning and operating Lazy Creek Vineyards since 2008 has truly been a personal labor of love for them, an inspiring daily reminder of why they remain in the wine business today. It’s about the beauty and respect for the land; as Mark Twain said, “buy land, they are not making it anymore.”

 Pinot Noir is delicious paired with braised meats, fowl, veal, salmon, lobster, prawns, and dishes with creamy sauces and spicy seasonings. Medium-textured soups and stews also pair nicely.

Wine Ratings

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

The 2014 Lazy Creek Pinot Noir is a lush, layered and complex wine from Anderson Valley, with juicy red fruit, brambly earth and plush tannin.  Red cherry, raspberry and pipe tobacco blend with baking spice, vanilla and a gentle  oak influence.  The wine is sleek and full of ripe fruit, balanced well by the red berry acidity.  You won’t find a better price than this on quality Anderson Valley Pinot.  Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Nov 2016

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