Pinot Noir
Laguna, 2002

$ 58.00

While primarily grown in the sandy Goldridge soil, which tends to produce Pinot Noir with flavors of red fruits and orange peel, this wine also illustrates some of the deep, brooding black cherry character generally found in the region’s clay soils. It was bottled without fining or filtration and should age gracefully for a handful of years.

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Winemaker's Notes

This blend of Pinot Noir has a bit more tannin, thicker texture, darker fruits and an interesting masculine, savory character on the finish, like our ‘Big Brother.’ Since the three vineyards in the ‘Laguna’ bottling formed a triangle bisected by the Laguna de Santa Rosa, I lobbied hard among family and friends for the name ‘Laguna Triangle.’ Despite the fact that, like the famous region near Bermuda you could also get lost in this wine, I could not generate enough enthusiasm among my closest critics to feel comfortable putting geometry on the (front) label. So, we settled on ‘Laguna’ instead.

Updates

July 2006: The 2002 ‘Laguna’ Pinot Noir has not been overlooked either (93 pts, Wine Enthusiast). During recent travels around the country, much to my surprise, I have discovered our wines have quite a solid reputation among Master Sommeliers, whose understanding of the wines of the world and their use in food service are tested by rigorous written and daunting blind-tasting examinations. While we do not make wines designed to win beauty contests, it is heartening to know some critics and wine service professionals understand and appreciate our efforts.

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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Wine EnthusiastNovember 2005

    I don’t know why Scherrer’s Laguna bottling costs the same as their regular Russian River Pinot, because it’s a better wine. Firmly structured in acids and tannins, it shows waves of cherries, black raspberries, cola, sweet leather, rhubarb and spics that are endlessly complex and rewarding. 93 points. Steve Heimhoff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineSeptember 2004

    Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, initially subdued, spicy, herbal, cherry fruit aroma that developed richness and depth with airing in the glass; medium-full body; herbal, stemmy, plummy, cherry fruit flavors; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. My score 86. Nick Ponomareff

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