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Londer Vineyards

Owner(s) Larry Londer, Shirlee Londer
Web site www.londervineyards.com
 
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Larry and Shirlee Londer left Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1999 and settled in the Anderson Valley to start a winery. A small 16-acre estate vineyard was planted (15 acres of Pinot Noir, 1 acre of Gewürztraminer), and the Londers set about sourcing grapes to produce Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Noir. Winemaker Greg La Follette got them started with their first releases in 2001, and Richard Davis, who worked with LaFollette for many years, has since taken over the winemaking duties.

The wines have received considerable accolades. The Pinot Noir lineup has varied but usually includes Anderson Valley, Corby Vineyard, Paraboll (a reserve), Ferrington Vineyard and Estate Grown.

In 2011, founders Larry and Shirlee Londer sold their home and estate vineyard in Anderson Valley, but continue to manage the winery from their home in Colorado, and still source fruit from their former estate vineyard.

The wines are sold primarily through a mailing list with some online and retail sales. In August 2009, Londer Vineyards opened their first tasting room in downtown Boonville. Total production is 6,500 cases, half of which is from estate grown fruit. The Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay is also recommended.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $24.99 (SR $54 but discounted at retail stores due to closing of winery - this price is at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa). A Reserve bottling sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothill vineyards. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Very shy aromatics revealing delicate scents of dark red cherries and berries. Beguiling core of perfectly ripe black cherry and black raspberry fruit with balanced tannins and tempered oak. Soft and smooth on the palate, finishing with grace and intensity. The powerful and lengthy finish is the most impressive feature of this wine. Still could use more time in bottle, or decant if you must drink now. A steal at this price. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Corby Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $28. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Vibrant aromas of strawberries, cherries with a confected note, fading over time in the glass. Ripe strawberry and red cherry flavors in a lighter, silky styled wine with an earthy underpinning. Nothing out of place but doesn’t excite. Decent. Reviewed November 2, 2011 ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Medium dark red color in the glass. Very vibrant nose, offering hi-tone aromas of earth-kissed, fresh dark red berries with hints of oak and spice. A stellar wine that satisfies with plentiful dark red cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors accented by savory herbs, and framed by firm, but well-proportioned tannins. Soft in the mouth with impressive length on the red-fruited finish. Everything comes together in this wine: pedigreed fruit, impeccable winemaking, and easy approachability. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Lovely perfume of fresh dark berries and black grapes with spice in the background. The flavors echo the nose with added hints of cola, sassafras, oak and chalky earth. Very tasty with a graceful and polished demeanor, and impeccable balance. The very long finish is flush with fruit and citrus-driven acidity. A superb wine from a cherished vineyard. Reviewed June 4, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.59, 286 cases, $48, released spring 2012. From a 16-acre vineyard planted in 2001. Pommard, 115, 777 and Swan clones. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Alluring aromas of freshly ripened black cherries and compost. Soft and silky on the palate with a profusion of red and black fruits backed by ripe, firm tannins and bright acidity. Nicely balanced. Tremendous potential but needs a few more years in the cellar. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.54, 379 cases, $54. Sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothills vineyards. Clones are Pommard and Roederer 23. Aged in 40% new French oak barrels. · Moderate reddish-purple hue and clear in the glass. Usually a rugged, masculine wine that often needs several years for best enjoyment. This vintage, however, is more refined and showy early on. Very appealing nose offering aromas of exotic berries, plum and forest floor. Well-endowed with delicious earth-kissed dark fruit and substantial tannins, yet displays an elegance due to the silkiness of the tannins and the textural seductiveness offered by the alcohol. Very good. Reviewed July 1, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Londer Vineyards Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.95% alc., pH 3.74, 615 cases, $48. Released in the spring 2010. From a 16-acre vineyard planted in clay loam soil in 2001 to five clones of Pinot Noir including Swan, Pommard, 115, 777 and 2A. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. · Aromas of black cherries with a minty green note. A fruit-driven wine of moderate richness leaving a little warmth in its wake. A bit closed now and should reward a few years of cellaring. Decent. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Corby Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

A “trainer” Pinot Noir that is light and delicate with tasty strawberry flavors. I call this “Londer Light.” · Ready to drink now and will pair will with roast chicken and lighter fare. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

Not released. · This sultry beauty is withholding its charms at present.. The aromatics are shy and the fruit is largely hidden by the tannic structure. Black tea, game, and cola flavors are evident. Very tight and concentrated. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $35. · A step up from the Corby bottling. A lot going on here including black cherry fruit, earth, smoke, and spice. Nicely put together and very satisfying. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 524 cases, $54. Released May 2008. The derivation of the name is “para” which is an art classification for a deep cherry-red color and “boll” which is boontling for great. A reserve blend that is sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothills Vineyards. Wild yeast fermentation, aged 9 months in French oak barrels. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color. A generous core of dark cherry and berry fruit which is complemented by loam, spice, cola, bacon and a hint of nuttiness. Sorting ample tannins and brisk acidity and leaving a little heat in its wake on the richly-fruited finish. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $54. · You can drink it now but it would be infanticide. Shows great promise with ripe fruit aromas, a charming and intense dark berry core and coating tannins. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

524 cases, 14.9% alc., $54. A reserve blend intended for the cellar. Aged 9 months in French oak. Winemaker is Rick Davis (Calstar). Available on the website. · The nose is rather reserved with faint black fruit jam and herbal notes. Very tasty black cherry and blackberry fruit with hints of cola and brown spice. Viscous and very smoothly textured. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $33. Made by Greg La Follette. · Black fruits, toast and minerality on the nose. Oak-infused black fruits on the palate. Tannins are toned down compared to the 2004 vintage creating a soft and appealing mouth feel. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Londer Vineyards Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $50. · Jammy blackberry and cherry fruit with a little barnyard on the entry. Big core of plush dark fruits with a delicious lingering aromatic berry finish. Smoky, spicy, exotic and very tasty. This one is captivating and forces you to take another sip. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2005 Londer Vineyrds Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $54. “Para” is an art classification for a deep cherry-red color. “Boll” translates as “great” in boontling. Sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothills Vineyards. A reserve blend. · Complex and bright aromatic profile featuring black cherry, ripe strawberry, sage, vanilla and a little funk. A boat-load of herbal-toned dark fruits that are balanced and on keel. Some green tannins persist. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Londer Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 1949 cases, $30. · A touch warm and herbal (eucalyptus) on the nose. The subtle red fruits are pleasing, the texture is soft and light, and the tannins are supple. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2004 Londer Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $30. Made by Greg La Follette. · Aromas of crushed plums and buttered toast. A big and bold wine with a healthy tannic spine. Plenty of dark Pinot fruits which stand up to the alcohol.. Needs a steak. Reviewed June 9, 2008 ARTICLE »

2004 Londer Vineyards Estate Grown Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., 432 cases, $46. · This one surprised me as I was skeptical when I looked at the octane level. Given adequate air time, the aromatics open beautifully showing dark fruits, mocha and a hint of earth. This is a rich wine with a prodigious fruit core, fine tannins, a mouth-coating finish and great legs. Teeth staining. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »

2001 Londer Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., $42. · A very earthy Pinot featuring wet leaf, musroom and stem on the nose. Darker fruit flavors are highlighted with barnyard and citrus notes. A Burgundian’s cup of tea. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »