2016 Lemorel bottle

Vineyard Profile

Expressing the unique character of a cool climate Zinfandel on Goldridge soil, Radio-Coteau’s Sonoma Coast Estate vineyard resides on a sun-drenched coastal ridge top above the town of Occidental. Lemorel is a tribute to the pioneering winegrowing family, folks who not only planted some of the first coastal Zinfandel, but also built the old historic winery back in 1906, currently still in-use though retired from original intent. Deeply concentrated, a very limited bottling of the 2015 Lemorel Zin was the result of an especially light crop of small berries with a high skin-to-juice ratio yielding intense extract.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Lemorel Zinfandel is a memorable expression of this special estate fruit. The nose and palate are electric, immediately enticing the senses with a bright mélange of dried cranberry, ripe plum, and simmered black cherry. The fruit is complimented by a hint of lavender and an alluring whisper of pennyroyal, along with familiar elements of vanilla and star anise. A touch of baked blackberries is revealed upon extended time in the glass. Structured tannins and a well-balanced acidity ensure not only a versatile food-pairing wine, but also one with lengthy aging potential.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
  • Appellation:
    Sonoma Coast
  • Geographic Location:
  • Varietal:
  • Selection:
    Heirloom Selection
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 1946 and 1981
  • Soil Type:
  • Harvest Date:
    September 22nd
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

April 2018 | 94 points

“The 2015 Zinfandel Lemorel Estate is fabulous. That is the good news. The not so good news is that production is just 93 cases from 7 acres of vineyard. In the glass, the 2015 is remarkably fresh and expressive. Red fruit, blood orange, rose petal, pomegranate and mint infuse this racy, supple Zinfandel with tons of character. What I like most about the 2015 is the interplay of textural richness and brightness.”

–Antonio Galloni
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