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. Cases Produced: 46. ABV: 13.6%. Clones: Pommard / Swan / Mt. Eden / 667.
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 Kutrzman. 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.