|Owner(s)||Keith Crowell, Matthew Purdon|
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An urban San Francisco winery founded by Matthew Purdon and Keith Crowell. Purdon developed at interest in wine in college, undertook winemaking studies at University of California at Davis, and started a winemaking club in San Francisco that evolved into Les Voleurs Wines. Keith Crowell has a background in beer, wine and sake making.
The winery's Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay, crafted from Sonoma Coast grapes, are sold on the website and distributed mainly to San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, retailers and wine bars.
2012 Les Voleurs Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
14.5% alc., pH 3.50, TA 0.62, 73 cases, $22. From a vineyard located a few miles southwest of Sebastopol. 15-year-old vines. One lot fermented with native yeasts in barrel and underwent 100% MLF. The second lot was fermented using native yeasts in stainless steel without completing MLF. The wine was blended, received a light fining and was bottled unfiltered. · Very pale yellow color and clear in the glass. Shy, clean aromas of lemon zest, green apple and petrichor. Soft in the mouth with vivid lemony citrus and tropical fruit flavors and a hint of nutty oak. Demure and polished leaving a pleasing finish of lemon-lime gusto. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Les Voleurs Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.63, 76 cases, $32. A blend of several vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, native yeast fermentation, aged in neutral French oak barrels with regular lees stirring. · Very fragrant array of aromas including strawberries, cherries, leather and spice. Delicate, but pleasing flavors of strawberry, red cherry, and cranberry caressed by gossamer tannins and finishing with palate cleansing acidity. An elegant offering that lacks mid palate and finishing intensity but has some charm. Score: 87. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Les Voleurs Hurst Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.65, 46 cases, $45. The vineyard is southwest of Sebastopol. Clones 115 and 777 planted in Goldridge soil. 5-day cold soak, fermented with 30% whole clusters using native yeasts. Aged in neutral French oak barrels with regular lees stirring. · Light garnet in color in the glass. Enticing aromas of cherry, baking spices, sandalwood and flinty minerality. Aims to please with a seamless presence on the palate, featuring flavors of strawberry, cherry, Moroccan spices and sandalwood. The tannins are very suave and the acidity elevates the refreshment level. Even better later in the day when tasted from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 91. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Les Voleurs Rodgers Creek Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.71, 37 cases, $45. Dijon 667 and 777 planted in volcanic ash soils. 5-day cold soak, fermented with 30% whole clusters using native yeasts over 2 weeks. Aged in neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Deeply perfumed with scents of raspberry, strawberry, rose petal and vanilla. Delicious ripe strawberry, cherry and plum flavors in a mid weight style with modest tannins, very bright acidity, and a long finish featuring citrus-infused strawberries. Strawberry lovers will cherish this wine. Score: 90. Reviewed March 29, 2014 ARTICLE »