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With only a small population and rustic beauty, the Anderson Valley is the heart of Mendocino County’s renowned Pinot Noir region. This is where Lula Cellars winemaker Jeff Hansen seeks out the world-class fruit for their wines.  And based on what we tasted, he’s doing a great job finding it.

 

 

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Lula 2013 Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Mendocino County, California

Price: 40-45

Tasting Notes:

Fragrances of strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and vanilla rise up from a glass. The palate offers flavors of strawberry, pomegranate, and bing cherry that open up into suggestions of dark chocolate, vanilla, and anise. Lively fruit and supple tannins make this a fine Pinot to pair with pork tenderlion. 200 cases were made.

Rating: 90

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Lula 2013 Costa Vineyard Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Mendocino County, California

Price: 40-45

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of dark berries and plums mingle with violet and vanilla hints on the nose. Flavors of cherry, plum, and strawberry interweave with earthy, floral, and vanilla notes on the palate. A Pinot with lush dark fruit and a welcoming acidity, open a bottle with grilled salmon. 350 cases produced.

Rating: 90

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Lula 2013 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir

Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Mendocino County, California

Price: 40-45

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of cranberries, strawberries, cola, and floral earth greets the senses.  The palate showcases flavors of bright red berries that flow into nuances of spice, vanilla, and fresh herbs.  It’s a vibrant Pinot, with a food-friendly acidity and plush tannins, making the wine a fine companion for roasted duck. 450 cases were made.

Rating: 90

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Lula 2014 Mariah Vineyard Zinfandel

Grape(s): 100% Zinfandel

Region: Mendocino County, California

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

The nose presents with strawberries, blackberries, and plums, accented by clove and peppery notes. A lush fruit core comes together nicely with lively spice highlights on the palate. Given it’s plush tannins and compelling flavors, one might enjoy this Zin with your favorite Mexican dish. 600 cases produced.

Rating: 89