Lester Estate Wines
Grown in our award-winning estate vineyard in Aptos, California, each of the wines are an individual expression of both the land and the winemaker who made them. Due to an extremely limited production, the wines are available exclusively via our Wine Club and tasting room.
2018 Lester Estate Wines Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir
Our 2018 Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé is a fun and refreshing sparkling wine with flavors and aromas of wild strawberries, white peach and jasmine. It pairs well with a wide range of fresh foods including Asian stir fry, barbecued ribs, or just as it is, a delicious aperitif, dessert or celebratory wine.
Winemaker: Dan Person. Pressed 100% whole-cluster. ABV: 12.6%. Dijon clones 115 / 667. Cases produced: 47.
2018 Lester Estate Wines Rosé of Syrah
A savory wine with plenty of zest and notes of white pepper and green olive, balanced with fresh strawberry, Ranier cherry, white peach and lime zest. On the bolder side of the rosé spectrum, it can be properly served slightly warmer than typical refrigeration temperatures. Direct pressed 50% whole cluster with 50% destemmed then pressed together and left on the skins for roughly an hour.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Clone: 877. Cases produced: 50.
2017 Lester Estate Wines Chardonnay
Subtle aromas of star jasmine and mandarin oranges lead to an abundance of tropical fruit and finishing with clean minerality and a touch of Meyer lemon. The palate is mouth-coating and expansive.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Pressed 50% whole-cluster. Aged on the lees 9 months in French oak. 33% new. Clone: Robert Young. ABV: 13.2%. Cases produced: 154.
2015 Lester Estate Wines "Domingo" Pinot Noir
A delicately layered wine of subtlety and sophistication. Deceptively light in color, it offers plenty of zest with nuances of red fruits such as raspberry, cherry and plum. Mushroom umami and light cedar notes persist on a lingering, perfectly-balanced finish.
Winemaker: Ed Kurtzman. ABV: 13.6%. Clones: Pommard / Swan / Mt. Eden / 667. Cases produced: 46.
2016 Lester Estate Wines "Domingo" Pinot Noir
Powerful and earthy, well-structured with layers of complexity, flavor and nuance. Dark red fruits of plum and Bing cherry predominate the middle palate. Imminently drinkable now, soft, yet youthfully chewy tannins provide the backbone for this wine to age gracefully for 10+ years. Aged 16 months in French oak.
Winemaker: Ed Kurtzman. Clones: Mt. Eden / Swan / 667 / 777. Cases produced: 91.
2016 Lester Estate Wines "Mercurio" Pinot Noir
The wine offers fragrant floral aromas of rose petal and hibiscus melded with blood orange and pomegranate. Bright red fruits of plum, raspberry, and Bing cherry lead to an expansiveness that distinguish this an exceptional example of the appellation. A certain lushness is evident as ripe stone fruits and cherry notes overlay a savoriness that is Lester Family Vineyard’s signature. Oak is judiciously integrated, and the juicy, long finish leaves a very gratifying impression.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Aged 10 months on the lees in Toneleria National and Ermitage French oak. Clones: 667 / 115 / Pommard / Mt. Eden / 2A / Swan. Cases produced: 118.
2016 Lester Estate Wines "Caruso" Pinot Noir
Immediately noticeable in this wine is a darker burgundy pigmentation. Caruso’s boldness begins with deep aromas of ripe plums but soon expands to herbal notes of sage and thyme. Powerful and earthy, well-structured, with layers of complex flavors. Dark red fruits of plum and Bing cherry predominate the middle palate. Imminently drinkable now with soft, yet youthful tannins, providing a backbone for this wine to age gracefully 10+ years.
Winemaker: Joe Miller. Aged 17 months in French oak. Clones: Mt Eden / 2A / 667. ABV 15.3%. Cases produced: 115.
2017 Lester Estate Wines Syrah
Huckleberries, toasted spice, herbs de Provence, white pepper, smoked bacon, and violet notes all emerge from the glass as it offers that rare sense of power and texture paired with a sense of weightlessness and elegance. The medium to full-bodied palate is silky and intense while possessing great freshness from its cool-climate acidity. With a big personality, smooth tannins, and a finish that is long and layered, this wine is delicious right now but is built to age well over the next decade.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Aged 18 months in French oak / 30% new. Clones: Hermitage and 877. ABV 14.2%. Cases produced: 271.