Lester Family Vineyards is one of the region's premier vineyards. What's unique about this vineyard is that chances are, you've tasted wines made from their grapes and not realized it. Winemakers who don't own their own vineyard or want to make a wine from a varietal they don't grow, will often source grapes from a wine grower.
Enters in...Lester Family Vineyard. They grow and sell grapes to wine makers, all with a reputation for superior fruit and sustainable vineyard practices. And the piece de resistance is the much loved Pinot Noir grape.
If you took the same Pinot Noir grape and gave it to five different winemakers, the wines would each be unique in the nose, the palate, the body, and mouth feel. For example, it would be like asking five people to make brownies with the same chocolate. Each batch may have similarities, but inevitably would be a little different and represent the baker. So it is with the fruit from this grower.
Prudy Foxx is Managing Consultant for Lester Family Vineyards, also called Deer Park Vineyards. With over 32 years in the wine industry, she's the grower for numerous key wine makers in the Bay Area. Pick up a bottle of Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountain area and it will often read, “Lester Family Vineyards.” That tells you the fruit was grown under her skilled care.
The Pinot Noir made from LFV grapes tend to express more minerality, acidity, and aromatics; vs.
being a heavy fruit forward wine. You can taste the differences for yourself. If you try Pinot Noir
made by different winemakers with LFV grapes, each wine will be unique
So next time you're in the Bay Area, if you're looking for local Pinot Noir,
here are few wineries that source from Lester Family Vineyards.
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines
Alfaro Family Vineyards
Therese Vineyards, Martin Ranch
Big Basin Vineyards
Best to you on your next Pinot Noir wine jaunt!
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