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.
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.