2013 The Vineyardist 'lazy Susan Ranch' Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond MountainCabernet Sauvignon from United States
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"The Vineyardist is one of Napa’s hottest…new collectors’ wineries. It is sensational: California rich but with a supple, European-balance profile" -Forbes: Collector's Conf...
- 95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
95 Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Lazy Susan Ranch, also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from clones 33 and 169 and slightly higher yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre, is an even smaller cuvée of 145 cases. The wine emerges from a different parcel of red Aiken iron-rich soils, as opposed to the volcanic tufa and fractured bedrock of its sibling. This wine offers loads of cedar wood, crme de cassis, licorice and forest floor in a full-bodied, opulent style. The fruit is beautifully pure, the oak well-integrated, and the wine gorgeous. It’s top, top-flight, clearly world-class and should drink well for 20-25 years.
This small, boutique operation represents seven acres of five vineyard blocks owned by Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola at an elevation of 800 to 1,375 feet on Diamond Mountain. The debut was 2009, which I reviewed favorably last year. The winemaker is Mark Herold and the vineyard management is under the supervision of Phil Coturri and Jim Barbour, two well-known names in Northern California. The wines are impressive, made from tiny yields. (For example the 2013 averaged 1.5 tons of fruit per acre.) This is a fabulous new operation, very limited in production, but extremely high class and impressive."
94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2013 LSR Lazy Susan Ranch emerges from the younger vines on the estate and takes the original name of this rugged hillside property. Rich, powerful and explosive, with superb mineral-driven persistence and fabulous balance, the Lazy Susan captures the personality of the vintage to the fullest. With time in the glass the 2013 becomes more and more nuanced, showing exceptional class and tons of personality. Dark red and black fleshed fruit, iron, smoke and gravel meld into the deep, inky finish. The Lazy Susan isn't a second wine - nor is it priced like one - but it is fabulous in its own right.
The Vineyardist is by far one of the most exciting young estates in Napa Valley. Proprietors Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola have spared no expense in developing this rugged Diamond Mountain estate. Vineyard guru Phil Coturri tends to the land, while Mark Herold makes the wines, a dynamic duo if there ever was one. A small winery on the property (unusual for a winery of this size) will soon be finished, yet another sign of the total commitment to quality that permeates everything at The Vineyardist. Making hillside wines takes a special level of commitment. For starters, even in the best of years, conditions naturally keep yields low, but mountain vineyards are also much more susceptible to the whims of Mother Nature. In exchange, though, properties like The Vineyardist have the opportunity to make some of the most distinctive wines in Napa Valley."
"The Vineyardist is one of Napa’s hottest…new collectors’ wineries. It is sensational: California rich but with a supple, European-balance profile"
-Forbes: Collector's Confidential: Napa's Next Wave Cult Wines
"The 2013 Lazy Susan Ranch is the second vintage of this special bottling coming from one of Robert Parker's favorite wineries, The Vineyardist. LSR Lazy Susan Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is a companion wine and takes the original name of our historic property.
The Vineyardist estate is a unique property located in the northwest hillsides of Napa Valley known as Diamond Mountain. Its primary components are four (4) estate vineyard blocks and a new state-of-the-art winery designed and built specifically to vinify only Vineyardist estate grapes. Warm days, mild nights and well-drained rocky soils produce remarkable wines.
The estate was established in 1879 by Lorenz Peterson, a Danish-born shipbuilder from San Francisco. Mr. Peterson became skilled in farming the estate's vineyards, crafting its wine, and marketing its production, and was known as a "Vineyardist."
In 2000, after a decade-long search, the husband and wife team of Dirk Fulton & Becky Kukkola, acquired the Estate.
Mark Herold was recruited as winemaker to lead the wine program, tasked with the creation of a singular wine expressing the power and elegance of the Estate's historic terroir. Mark is most well-known for his own cult wine Merus, along with a pedigree of winemaking at Kamen, Maze, and Kobalt to name a few) and is at the helm of this special project.
Jim Barbour is the vineyard developer and Phil Coturri is the vineyard manager. The first vintages were declassified, allowing quality to reach near perfection prior to our first commercial release of the 2009 vintage (in 2012).
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is coming from younger vines on the estate property and aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months. The wine expresses all of the signatures of the estate’s Diamond Mountain terroir and shows the minerality of its red Aiken iron-rich soils.
Production is extremely limited, not exceeding 100- 200 cases per year depending on the selection and vintage." -Winery
95 - Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
94 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Features||Organic and Biodynamic|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box|