2012 - All that and a bottle of Pinot?
You've heard the hype... but is 2012 really that good? With regards to Californian Pinot Noir, Jim Laube's comment in the Feb 28, 2013 Wine Spectator was: "The 2012 vintage should be stunning, perhaps the best yet." But is Jim right?
In a word: YES! So far, based on how the fruit looked when it came in from the vineyards and from how the wines taste in barrel, I think it's safe to say that 2012 will easily be considered one of the best vintages for Cali Pinot - if not (as Jim says) The Best Ever. Near perfect weather and decent yields combined to create both great wines and reasonable supply. We haven't seen that combination since 2009, which is the vintage I think the 2012s will most resemble. And if you remember our 2009s, that's definitely a very good thing. And we're another year better at doing what we do. So it's not a stretch to say Best Ever for 2012 this early in the game.
We have a lot of barrels to work with, so we anticipate that the AVA blends will be at least as good as the 2009s, and probably even better. And the Russian River Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands blends scored 93 points from Wine Spectator - so we're talking some potentially serious wine for an incredibly reasonable price! There really aren't any weak barrels in the winery right, which should equate to killer blends. Needless to say, we're really excited about these wines.
We normally say that our blends represent the "softer side of Loring". We're not sure that will be the case for 2012... since most everything is incredibly deep and rich. We think our 2012 blends will represent a slightly difference experience from our Single Vineyard Designated Pinots.
Once again, we've decided to hold the line on the Futures Pricing for you, our most valued customers. The after futures and tasting room price will be $32 a bottle (provided any are left), but you can get these wines now for the same price as the 2010 Futures:
$26.50 a bottle if you buy a six pack - or
$24.92 a bottle if you buy a twelve pack
We feel there's no better value in California Pinot Noir than our AVA Blends.
These wines won't ship until sometime in Nov-Dec (weather permitting). That's one of the reasons we offer them at such a great price.
We’ll be offering these wines in pre-defined sets. Since that's another way for us to be able to offer the discounts, we can't allow substitutions or modifications. We’ll try to give you as many options as possible while still keeping it streamlined and cost effective for us.
These wines are now available for purchase to List Members through our on-line ordering system.
We Have a Tasting Room!
We're very excited to announce the opening of our New Tasting Room in the "Lompoc Wine Ghetto." The LWC Tasting Room joins many great wineries "In the Ghetto" including Fiddlehead, Flying Goat, La Vie, Palmina, Piedrasassi, Samsara, Zotovich, and more creating a truly unique and fun wine destination! Visit the Lompoc Ghetto Website for more info.
We're open to the public Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 5pm @ 1591 E Chestnut Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436.
Please stop on by!