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Josh and Beth Chandler and David Noorthoek, M.D. purchased the winery in 1999 from Swiss native Hans Kobler who built the winery in 1973. Chandler has a varied background including winegrower, chef, and landscape architect. The Chandlers have added to the original 19 acres of vineyards they obtained when they purchased the property in 1999, and now organically farm 40 estate acres. The original Pinot Noir plantings consist of multiple heritage and suitcase selections. The Philo winery makes about 3,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. The tasting room at 4741 Highway 128 in Philo is open by appointment.. The small production is sold primarily at the winery. Lazy Creek has a well-deserved reputation for Gewurztraminer as well. The Pinot Noirs offered include a NV Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, the Estate R.P.B. Pinot Noir and an Estate Old Vine Pinot Noir. The estate wines are bottled in handsome heavy glass with the Lazy Creek logo embossed in glass on the neck. 707-885-3623. The winery was sold in 2008 to Ferrari-Carano.
Ferrari-Carano winery pruchased Lazy Creek winery for an undisclosed sum, in July, 2008. Lazy Creek will continue to be run as a separate facility.
2012 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.56, 257 cases, $55. Release summer 2014. Named for the meandering creek that runs through the 95-acre property, Lazy Creek is located a few miles west of Philo off Highway 128. The ranch is planted to 36+ acres of grapes include an 8-acre block with a miniscule average yield that is said to be among the oldest Pinot Noir plantings in California. The entire ranch has been sustainably farmed since its early beginnings 40 years ago. Heritage and Dijon clones. 2-day cold soak, various yeast strains inoculated. Aged in 33% new and 67% older French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Lovely aroma mix of cherry, boysenberry, rose petal, white pepper, underbrush and oak. Full-bodied flavors of earthy black cherry, black raspberry and plum. Serious extract that commands your attention but not jammy. Balanced tannins and complimentary integration of oak. The finish is long and intense, leaving behind a fruit wonderland. Score: 92. Reviewed May 15, 2014 ARTICLE »
2009 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0.62, 809 cases, $38, released May 14, 2012. Heritage and Dijon clones in one of the oldest vineyards in Anderson Valley. Partially whole cluster fermented. Aged 16 months in 28% new and 72% older French oak barrels. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruit profile on the nose and palate. Black cherries and black raspberries are featured with well-proportioned tannins. A bit tart on the finish which shows some length. Good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., pH 3.45, 880 cases, $38. Released in the fall 2009. Partial whole cluster fermentation. Aged 16 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Medium dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Subdued aromas of black cherries, raspberries and underbrush. Rich, thick and sweet with sappy plum and boysenberry fruit. Good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Lazy Creek Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 880 cases, $39. Release scheduled for Spring . The last vintage crafted by the previous owners (Josh and Beth Chandler and David Noorthoek, M.D.). · The nose is flush with dark red berries, cherries and plums with a hint of alcohol. A fruit-driven wine with a spark of underlying citrus. The prominent tannins and acidity overwhelm the fruit now but definitely worth revisiting when released next year. Reviewed June 5, 2009 ARTICLE »
2005 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.1% alc.,780 cases, · Some nice floral perfume at the start with tasty dark stone fruits and a velvety texture. Oak is evident from start to finish and moderate tannins on the finish need time to integrate. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »
2004 Lazy Creek Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 640 cases. · Strawberry driven in both the nose and in the flavors, this is a fresh tasting Pinot that has some drying tannins on the finish it needs to shed. I like this wine for its purity of fruit. Reviewed June 3, 2007 ARTICLE »