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.
2021 Lester Estate Wines Rosé of Syrah
True to the style of previous vintages, this new release offers a more lush and rich expression of Rosé from 2 acres of Hermitage Syrah clones on our estate vineyard. Soft entry leads to an expansive palate of melon, white peach and kiwi with hints of black pepper spice.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Clone: 877. Cases produced: 48.
2020 Lester Estate Wines Chardonnay
Aromas of toast, pineapple and spice lead to a full-bodied palate. Viscous textures and warm tropical fruit flavors lie beneath baked apples and pears. A vibrant, youthful acidity ensures its ability to age well. Light touches of oak are present, but have already integrated beautifully.Winemaker: John Benedetti. Pressed 50% whole-cluster. Aged on the lees 10 months in French oak, 25% new. Clone: Robert Young. ABV: 13.4%. Cases produced: 48.
2018 Lester Estate Wines "Brando" Pinot Noir
Replete with a wide array nuances – including a generous dose of terrior and fruit – the Brando embodies the long history of California and Burgundian wine-making. Medium body and firm structure give way to unique flavors of muddled black plums, dried hibiscus, and hints of fresh sage.
Fine-grained tannins provide the backbone and
grip for this wine to age gracefully for 10+ years.
Winemaker: Ian Brand. Aged 17 months in French oak. Clones: Mt Eden /115. ABV 14.3%. Cases produced: 125
2019 Lester Estate Wines "Domingo" Pinot Noir
Supple, layered, and rich, with spicy and exotic flavors of fennel and orange peel intermingling with a core of cola, dark tea and sweet pomegranate. The complex nose is rounded by hints of vanilla bean and sweet cardamom spice. On the palate, soft, delicate oak and a bright mouthwatering acid dance with bursts of wild berry and soft pepper. The wine finishes with length and a deep complexityWinemaker: Emiddio Justin Massa. Clones: Mt. Eden / Swan / 667 / 777. Cases produced: 213
2019 Lester Estate Wines "Mercurio" Pinot Noir
Aromas of pomegranate, raspberry and wild game on the nose. Fine tannins with a gentle grip. The lifted acidity is framed with a lush, silky mouthfeel.
The palate is loaded with flavors of black cherries, mint and orange zest, finishing with plums and cinnamon.
Winemaker: John Benedetti. Aged 10 months on the lees in Toneleria National and Ermitage French oak. Clones: Mt. Eden/122. Cases produced: 143. $55
2018 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: 97. $45 Wine Advocate 94