Loos Family Winery

Owner(s) Brad Loos
Web site www.loosfamilywinery.com
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This winery specializes in making very small quantities of handcrafted custom wine. "Handcrafted" means that each lot of wine is micro-monitored and fermented in single French oak barrels. Yields never exceed 25 cases of wine per barrel.

The wines are all from single vineyards because of the belief that high quality grapes come from ecologically balanced vineyards of superlative pedigree. The focus is on sustainable California vineyards. Winemaking is traditional with minimal intervention in order to coax the unique virtues of the grape to wine.

The first release of 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir from the Bohemian Vineyard will be in early 2009. The 2008 vintage will add a Pinot Noir from Annahala Vineyard in the Anderson Valley.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Loos Family Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 50 cases, pH 3.70, TA 0.71, $44. Release date April 2012. Only produced in selected vintages. Vineyard is 7 acres in Freestone planted on Goldridge loam soil. Yields were 2 tons per acre. Clones 115, 667,777 and Pommard. 9-day cold soak with manual punch downs. Wild and inoculated yeasts. Aged in 50% new and 50% neutral French Francois Fréres and Remond Allier oak barrels. Winemakers are Adam Smith and Brad Loos. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Enticing perfume of red cherries, red plums, hay and dried herbs. Lighter weighted on the palate, but flavorful, featuring red cherries and berries accented by savory herbs. The wine has a unique flavor that distinguishes it from mainstream Pinot Noirs. The tannins are supple and the whole package is well composed. Still solid two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle indicating age ability. Very good. Source: brad@loosfamilywinery.com or 408-799-5938. Reviewed February 22, 2012 ARTICLE »

2010 Loos Family Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.5%, pH 3.70, TA 0.71, 50 cases, $44, 375 ml bottle. From a 7-acre vineyard in Freestone planted on Goldridge soil. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels. Previously tasted in February 2012. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Deeply perfumed with aromas of dark berries, black cherries, dark chocolate, Asian 5-spice, and oak. Mid weight flavors replicate the aromas with an earthy, forest floor undertone. The tannins are soft and the wine finishes with some intensity and persistence on the raspberry-infused finish Score: 89. Reviewed November 9, 2013 ARTICLE »

2008 Loos Family Bohemian Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 25 cases, $40. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged in 50% new and 50% neutral French oak. The winemaker is Chris Nelson. · Scents of cranberries, cherries, herbs and allspice becoming a little minty over time. Darker fruits clothed in dusty tannins. Notes of underbrush and savory herbs add interest. Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Goes down easy. Good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Loos Family Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., 300 btls, $40 (sold out). Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 in equal amounts. Yields 2.5 tons per acre. Extended 9-day cold soak, gentle hand punch downs three times a day, 10 day fermentation with wild and proprietary yeast, aged 9+ months in 50% new and 50% neutral Francois Freres French oak with medium toast plus. Unfined and unfiltered. · Light garnet color. Complex aromatics showing black cherry, cinnamon apple, cola and a hint of oak. Lovely cherry fruit on an elegant platform with fine-grain tannins and a tangy finish displaying orange peel and a delicate floral bent that is very appealing. Very impressive effort for first time out. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

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