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.
Judi Scherrer –
Wine Enthusiast — November 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
Judi Scherrer –
California Grapevine – September 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