2010 Central Coast Pinot Noir
California: Central Coast
The Wine Spies are so fortunate to enjoy such a close and special relationship with today’s winery. We are proud to report that we are the only wine merchant to have today’s very special, soon-to-be-released, LaZarre Pinot Noir.
I first came to know Adam LaZarre, winemaker for today’s spectacular Pinot Noir, nearly six years ago. If you ever meet me in person, ask me for the story of our meeting!
Today’s 2010 LaZarre Central Coast Pinot Noir is everything that we’ve come to expect from a LaZarre wine. It is delicious, balanced, elegant and packed with authentic flavors. Flavorful enough to be enjoyed on its own, but with enough acidity to make it an extraordinary fine-dining companion, this all-purpose wine will certainly find a home on many an Operative’s Thanksgiving table, this year.
Order this rare treat of a wine now, in time for pre-Thanksgiving delivery!
With heart of pure garnet, color is evenly concentrated from heart to edge. Swirl the wine, and short, skinny, wine-stained sears fall slowly from high up on the glass wall.
Deep and lush with wonderful fruit and spice, lead by cherry, wild strawberry, red currant, sweet brown spice and dusty bramble. As the wine opens, it reveals black tea leaf, wild strawberry, sweet cigar box, toasty vanilla and flint appear.
Red cherry, red currant, wild strawberry and dusty bramble take the lead. As the wine breathes, it opens to reveal juicy raspberry, black tea leaf, dried cranberry, subtle and soft brown spice.
Elegant and very long, with clean, sweet and tart fruit that slowly fades, giving way to earthy spice, black tea and the finest hint of subtle white pepper.
What the Winery Says
Cherry, cola, and forest floor nose. Flavors of boysenberry, Fresca, and cherry Jolly Rancher candy. Very solid thread of acidity under the typically lush and velvety richness that Pinot is all about.
Central Coast of California
100% Pinot Noir
16 months 20% New Chateauroux 80% one and two year old mixed French Oak
About the Winery
Adam LaZarre is a veteran winemaker with nearly 20 years of experience behind him. Most recently, he was the mind behind the successful Villa San-Juliette and Fat Monk line of wines in Paso Robles producing wines for the creative geniuses Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, the Executive Producers of such shows as American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent. Previously, he was the Vice President of Winemaking for Hahn Estates winery in Monterey County and was part of the team that created such superstar wines as Rex-Goliath and Cycles-Gladiator. Prior to that, Adam produced wines for a number of Central Coast and North Coast wineries as well as participated in the production of wines in Chile and in Spain.
Adam first fell in love with wine while serving honorably in the U.S. Navy. Rather than continue his military service, he chose to enroll in Fresno State’s highly acclaimed Enology program where he graduated, despite all the wine he drank while in school. During his studies, he fell in love with and subsequently relocated to the Central Coast of California where he produced wines for Elliston Vineyards, Jekel Winery, and Constellation Wine Company.
Adam is one of the most accoladed winemakers in California, with Best-of-Show wins at the most prestigious wine competitions in the world including the L.A. International Wine Competition where he is the only three time winner of this respected wine competition. In 2005, Adam was named “Winemaker of the Year” in the Sacramento Bee and was also named “One of the Top Five Winemakers” in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2006. Earlier in 2012, Adam was ranked #69 on IntoWine.com’s “100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry”.
Adam and his wife Angie are completely committed to providing the very best possible wines at any price and will continue to do so until he departs this earth. After all, wine is a gift from God and should be enjoyed responsibly or at least naked…..