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2012 LaZarre Albarino - 90 points
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LaZarre Wines, Edna Valley (California) Albariño 2012 ($22): Winemaker Adam LaZarre aged this wine on the lees in neutral oak for 7 months after fermentation, and the resulting wine shows nice depth of character, exhibiting floral and stony mineral aromas over lemon and stonefruit. On the palate, it’s bone dry, with typical mouth watering acidity, but the acid is rounded off beautifully thanks to the lees/oak time, giving the wine a rich mouthfeel and flavors of lemon, nectarine and subtle herb notes that are sustained in the finish. This will pair nicely with fish or oysters. 90 Rich Cook Feb 11, 2014

2009 Sauvignon Blanc - 90 points, Editors Choice in Wine Enthusiast magazine March 2012!

Adam was named one of the
Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry 2012

Amazing Santa Maria Pinot Noir: Lazarre Bien Nacido

adamThis guy is very elusive.

About a year ago I caught a glimpse of his wine in Scottsdale, AZ. There was an Adam Lazarre Central Coast Pinot Noir on the Greene House wine list, and we grabbed it as fast as we politely could and enjoyed the heck out of it.

My attempts to find Lazarre wine in Ohio were thwarted by a distributor who had it, but didn’t really have it. And then lo and behold, I accidentally hit the jackpot: I found a bottle of the single-vineyard Lazarre Bien Nacido Pinot Noir. And the fabulous 2007 vintage, no less!

To back up a bit, I should explain that Adam Lazarre is a California winemaker who directed some big-production wineries while making some very small production Pinot Noir on the side. He favors the area from Paso Robles south to Santa Barbara, and makes very classic, very pure Pinot from some of the best vineyards in the state.

One of those vineyards is Bien Nacido. Adam says it’s on the “south facing northern hills midway down the Santa Maria Valley.” South-facing is good: that means good sun exposure and complete ripening. He used just four rows of carefully selected vines, and made a total of — three barrels! Yes, just three barrels, which certainly fits my definition of “Small production.”

What Adm does with those three barrels is… not much. He claims he favors “minimalist winemaker intervention,” which means “Just crush, ferment, and jam (it) into the barrel. The strength of the wine lies in the vineyard – as it should be.”

The wine I tasted had all sorts of strength. Remember that this bottle was the 2007 vintage, which every expert and wine-critic-wannabe has dubbed the best vintage EVER for California Pinot Noir. First we smiled at the presentation of this bottle, which is wrapped in leopard print tissue paper. Yes, leopard print… Word has it that Angie Lazarre, Adam’s wife, hand wraps each bottle. That’s gotta be a labor of love. But it also adds a classy, whimsical touch that’s so sexy we all didn’t want to open the bottle. Well… we almost didn’t want to open it…

So it poured out deep ruby red, and the aromas started gushing out of the glass. I got bright cranberry and cherry, with a bit of smoke and spice. I dragged my Pinot-loving friends over for the first taste, and the flavors gushed out too.

Actually, there was a big rush of intense bright fruit that quickly turned deep, warm and velvety. It was weirdly great — a big bang and then a soft middle and lingering, elegant finish. The only thing better was what happened as it sat in my glass. I was eating a feast of grilled tenderloin, dry-rubbed chicken and cedar-planked salmon, so I made my way through a few glasses of the Lazarre Bien Nacido. By my second glass I started to taste dusky caramel and clove with a back-note of minerality. Wow — was that good.

I know that 2007 was a hard vintage to screw up. But Lazarre gave us a wine that’s even better than you’d expect. It’s pure and well-balanced — bold where it needs to be and elegant when it counts.

So obviously, I’m recommending this wine highly. Your problem will be finding it. If I were you, I’d be on the look-out for any Lazarre Pinot, and grab it when you find it. Cheers!
Debbie Lapmardo

LaZarre Wines 2009 Pinot Noir - Wine Review

Central Coast, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 12, 2011

A bottle of LaZarre Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, our wine of the week
LaZarre Wines
2009 Pinot Noir

Central Coast, CA

LaZarre is the namesake winery of a promising California winemaker, Adam LaZarre. Besides creating his own wine company with a focus on small-lot, Central Coast bottling, he is also the winemaker for Villa San Juliette. Currently, his tiny winery produces a Pinot Blanc, Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Central Coast Pinot Noir. On the nose, the 2009 Pinot Noir offers blackberry, pomegranate, smoke and spice. Since it is made with a blend of fruit from vineyards in five appellations, its flavors are an interesting tour of California's Central Coast. Up front, there's classic cherry cola that is backed up by bright, tart cranberry and blackberry fruits. It evolves in the mouth to offer more animal and spice notes at the back of the palate. The wine lingers pleasingly long and leaves the mouth watering for more. This complex wine would work well with simple foods like roast, whole chicken, olive oil poached salmon or herb-rubbed loin of pork. Vegetarians can pair it with a wild mushroom risotto. For an elegant affair, try it with pan-seared duck breast in a pomegranate sauce.