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Vineyard: Lester Family

OwnerDan Lester
AppellationSanta Cruz Mountains
StoryPruddy Foxx helped plant this vineyard.
Dates Planted1998
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Big Basin Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., 325 cases, $36. A stunning modestly priced offering sourced from the winery’s single vineyard sources in Corralitos and Bonny Doon (Lester Family and Coast Grade) 50% whole cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 15% new. Unfined and unfiltered. · The whole cluster goodness makes an impression on the nose with plenty of rose petal and spice aromas enhancing the red berry fruit. The tannins are firm but tucked in, and the finish is reasonably long and satisfying. An everyday wine for the table. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2013 Waxwing Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., 123 cases, $39. Vines planted in 1998 on a sandy loam hillside bordered by redwoods. Sustainable viticultural practices, careful canopy management, minimal late season deficit irrigation. A mix of Dijon and heritage clones including Mt. Eden, Wädenswil and Mariafeld. 50% of fruit de-stemmed as whole berries and 50% foot-stomped whole cluster. 5-day cold soak, native fermentation, aged 11 months in once-used French oak barrels. · Moderately light cherry color in the glass. Plenty of lovely whole cluster spice on the nose along with aromas of cherry, rose petal and sandalwood. Delicious middleweight flavors of red cherry, red raspberry, spice and crystallized rose. Bright with good tension and balanced tannins, finishing clean and uplifting. I could drink this all day. Score: 94. Reviewed January 23, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Ser Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 180 cases, $33. “Ser” translates to “To be; expressing identity or origin” in Spanish. Ser is a small boutique wine company based in Santa Cruz, California featuring wines vinified by owner and winemaker Nicole Walsh. 40% Lester Family Vineyard, 30% Lilo Vineyard, and 30% Byington Vineyard. Vineyards were fermented separately. 5 to 6-day cold soak, indigenous yeast fermentation, gently pressed into 10% new and 90% neutral French oak barrels. Aged 14 months in barrel. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. This is a savory wine with more interest than just fruit. The nose offers aromas of cherry, sous-bois, iron, tomato, herbs and wood. Light and elegant in style, but with a noticeable midpalate attack of red cherry, cranberry and red raspberry fruits. Slightly confected with a prominent savory herb undertone. Slightly plush on the palate with suave tannins, juicy acidity, and some finishing length. Very forward and easy to like and a perfect foil for grilled salmon. Score: 89. Reviewed October 21, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Waxwing Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 57 cases, $39. Released late 2013. Vines planted in 1998 on a sandy loam hillside bordered by redwoods in Corralitos. Farmed by Prudy Foxx. Dijon, Wädenswil, Mariafeld and Mt. Eden clones (this wine contains 667 and 115). 80% de-stemmed, 20% foot stomped whole cluster. 5-day cold soak followed by native fermentations. Age in once-used French oak barrels for 11 months and bottled with a light filtration. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose is captivating with a bright, exotically spiced raspberry aroma. Delicious and polished, with discreetly concentrated flavors of deep red cherry, raspberry, and spice arriving in waves on the palate and leaving with aplomb. The tannins are very supple and the whole package is appealingly elegant. Still delightful two days later from a previously opened and recorked bottle indicating age ability. Clearly, the fruit was picked at the ideal time. Score: 94. Reviewed January 20, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Big Basin Vineyards Lester Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 220 cases, $44. 42% whole cluster, indigenous fermentation, aged 15 months in French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Aromatically inviting with scents of rose petal, exotic spices, anise and dark raspberries. Generous on the attack and finish, with fresh flavors of dark cherry and berry that expand in the mouth. Very suave in the mouth with beautifully integrated tannins. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »