September 29, 2015

Vineyard: Lancel Creek

Lancel Creek
OwnerUlises Valdez
AppellationRussian River Valley
StoryPlanted by Ulises Valdez.
Dates Planted2002
LocationA rolling hillside near Occidental.
VarietiesPinot Noir, Zinfandel
ManagersUlises Valdez

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2009 Ulises Valdez Lancel Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $60. Pommard and 777 clones. Aged in 40% new French oak. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Primarily oak-driven aromas with subtle notes of dark fruits. Intensely fruity featuring blackberries and black plum flavors with an underpinning of dark chocolate, offering an appealing plush velvet mouth feel. A little softer and more gentle than the 2008 Silver Eagle Pinot Noir. Still a bit rugged and tannic and needs more time in bottle to mellow. Well-crafted in its style. Good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Thomas George Estates Lancel Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., pH 3.59, 478 cases, $55. This vineyard is farmed by Ulises Valdez. 48% Pommard and 52% 777. Aged in 39% new French oak barrels. · Brooding aromas of plum sauce, cigar box and graham. The flavor in this wine strikes a chord with me. I liken it to a black cherry dark chocolate truffle without the sugar. Hearty but silky tannins support the generous dark fruits leaving a smooth impression on the palate as the finish lingers on and on. Very good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Valdez Lancel Creek Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $48. · Moderately dark ruby color in the glass. Lovely, spirited nose brightly perfumed with black cherries and boysenberries accented with a floral note. Ripely flavored and muscular in style with prodigious black current, black plum and dark berry flavors wrapped in flamboyant tannins. Needs a big steak. Valdez wines are not bashful or demure, and reflect Ulises Valdez’s gregarious personality. Good (+). Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »