Lane Tanner Winery2005 Pinot Noir, Julia's Vineyard
(Santa Maria Valley)
This Pinot Noir – from one of the finest Pinot makers in California – emanates from one of the most highly regarded vineyards (in a region of storied vineyards) on the Central Coast of California.
The wine is dark ruby with loads of wild cherry aromas. In the mouth, it has delicious fruit – emblematic of the vineyard that is owned by Cambria Estate, one of the cadre of Jackson Family properties owned by Jess Jackson of Kendall-Jackson fame. In the end, the wine displays great balance and silkiness. Drink it now and over the ensuing eight years.
Julia’s is located on the cooler, western end of the Cambria Estate, which sits on the Santa Maria bench in northern Santa Barbara County. The soils are comprised of alluvial deposits from the Sisquoc River. The Pinot is planted to Clone 4.
The wine spent 11 months in Burgundian barrels, only 35 percent of which were new. The wine was not fined, so it should throw a sediment, indicative of the full flavor this Pinot possesses. The listed alcohol is 14.5 percent and there were 375 cases produced. There is also a wonderful value-to-price component here.
Reviewed December 21, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
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Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.