2015 Pinot Noir "Lauren's Cuvee"


2015 Pinot Noir "Lauren's Cuvee"


“Lauren’s Cuvée” is a tribute to the love of my life. It is also a bond we share to this tremendous vineyard site, a place that has given us so many indelible memories.


Warm weather in late winter led to an early bud break.  Unfortunately, a cold spell in May caused uneven fruit set and much lower than normal crop yields.  Continued drought left rainfall at 75% of normal.  The weather was close to ideal with sunny days and cool evenings.  Harvest started about two weeks early and allowed for picking at optimal ripeness.  Overall quality was exceptional.

Elke Home Ranch Vineyard

The Elke Home Ranch lies just west of Boonville, CA in the Anderson Valley.  The Anderson Valley is known for sparkling wine, cool weather white wines and Pinot Noir.  The Elke Home Ranch is planted to four different clones of Pinot Noir, including renowned Pommard and the extremely rate heritage clones, Stang and Elliott. The vines are meticulously cane-pruned to optimize vine balance between vigor and yield.


The grapes were selected from the Pommard and Elliot clones. They were picked at relatively low Brix for a balance point with restrained alcohol and a touch higher acidity than most other red wines. The grapes were gently destemmed into fermentation bins and cold soaked for four days. The wine was aged for 10 months in 6 French Oak barrels. Just one barrel was new, the intent being to keep new oak flavors in a supporting role.

Tasting Notes

The wine is a beautiful red color and slightly opaque.  It initially exhibits vibrant aromas of rose petal, strawberry and raspberry.  With time, the wine evolves to reveal flavors of wild mushrooms, cedar, pie crust, and black tea.  The wine exudes a bright elegant structure with a medium weight mouthfeel and velvety softness.  The fabulous flavors seem to linger forever in the finish.  Drink now or age for 10-15 years. The wine is an excellent pair with food.

Technical Information

Harvest Date: September 7, 2015, Sugar: 23.0 degrees Brix, Titratable Acidity: 5.55 g/l, pH: 3.54, Alcohol: 13.5%, Cases produced: 148.

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