picking day Planted and organically farmed by proprietor Arturo Robledo and his son Art Jr., this benchland vineyard has multiple clonal selections and is located on Laguna Road, just east of Vine Hill. A rigorous selection paved the way to craft just five barrels of Laguna in 2012. We continue the practice of appreciating Laguna’s fruit purity with an 11-month élevage in neutral and once-used French oak barrels. Showcasing its distinct voluptuous, heady fruit, this season’s Laguna Pinot Noir is a joy.

The 2012 Laguna is a clear, brilliant, light ruby. Warm strawberries, bay leaf, candied ginger, watermelon and a mineral note are some of the aromas present on the nose. The palate is silky with high acid and fine tannins. The palate echoes the nose with the addition of an appealing bitter note in the finish and hints of black licorice. This is the most open of the new releases. It is full of character and energy. Already delicious, this should continue to show for at least another 6 to 8 years.


Released: Spring 2014

 
 

GROWERS:

Arturo Robledo
APPELLATION:
Russian River Valley
GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION:
Laguna Road, Sebastopol
VARIETAL:
Pinot Noir
SELECTION:
Martini, Calera
VINEYARD AGE:
Planted in 2008
SOIL TYPE:
Goldridge
HARVEST DATE:
September 21st
UNFINED AND UNFILTERED

 

STEVEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR,
May/June 2014
92 points
“Brilliant ruby-red. High-pitched red berry, blood orange and floral scents are complemented by deeper-pitched hints of smoke and cola. Spicy and incisive on the palate, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of white pepper. The blood orange note comes back on the stony finish, which clings with excellent floral intensity. I like the tension of this racy pinot.”— Josh Raynold
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VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
93 points
“A cooler, more savory side of the Russian River comes through in the 2012 Pinot Noir Laguna, largely because of the presence of the Martini clone in this site. Sage, rosemary crushed rose petals and sweet spices all waft from the glass in a mid-weight Pinot loaded with class and personality. ” — Antonio Galloni



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