Lavinea Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014
Wine EnthusiastThis deeply fruited wine is a rich cranberry/purple in hue, and flavors put blueberry and plum front and center. There's a touch of cassis, and the tannins are brushed velvety smooth, while remaining substantial, even muscular. Bergamot, pomegranate and marionberry flavors come through as well, in a lush cascade of spicy fruits.
Wine SpectatorSupple, open-textured and focused, with powdery tannins underlying the cherry and black tea flavors, picking up stony notes as the finish rolls on. Has presence and impressive length. Best from 2017 through 2024. 225 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from Jory volcanic soils from vines planted in 2001. Matured in 30% new French oak, it has a rounded, quite sensual bouquet that offers black cherries mixed with blueberry, briary and subtle undergrowth scents that develop more and more delineation as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. Edgy, structured and with some lovely sour cherry fruit, this is one of my picks from Lavinea in 2015, especially thanks to the generous sprinkling of white pepper on the aftertaste. This delicious Pinot Noir comes highly recommended.