95 Insider Points & Cellar Selection
'Outstanding' & 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"One of our favorite nooks in the mountains along the pacific ocean is comptche, high on the mountain above the coastal hamlet of Mendocino and 3 miles from the pacific. Long hot days and cool pacific nights; very similar to Occidental for the sonoma coast fans out there. Dark intense black cherry fruit; fresh salinity with spices of pennyroyal and black berries of thorn. Medium bodied the wine actually finishes with plenty of acid and red fruits emerging with oak spice and forest elements. Keep an eye on this region of Mendocino, just north west of Anderson valley. Drink or hold for 5-10 years." -DZ 3/18
"Spicy, oaky and rich in flavor and texture, this wine tastes of vanilla, butter and ripe red cherries upon first sip, feels soft and easy on the palate. As it opens, more fruit and oaky spice flavors emerge, while firm tannins give it grip." - Wine Enthusiast
Mendocino County, CA
This ravishing single vineyard Pinot Noir is the kind one wants to have in multiples. Sourced from an under-the-radar producer and top-secret vineyard it comes from the remote reaches of gorgeous North Coast AVA. A micro production from only the second vintage released, it's intensely opulent and sumptuous; the kind of wine Pinotphiles are glad to be in-the-know about.
Why we love it:
- A cut above: Lula Vineyards makes some amazing Pinot. So, when we tasted their Winemaker’s Cellar selection for the Costa Vineyard bottling, his choice blend from the sublime 2013 vintage, it astounded us. This elevated Anderson Valley Pinot revealed winemaker Jeff Hansen’s skill with world class fruit. From a flawless fermentation to the barely noticeable oak barrel aging, this Pinot Noir harmonizes fruit, earth and acid.
- Fewer…and farther between: The rugged and remote northern reaches of Anderson Valley inspire a sense of peace. It is literally and figuratively the coolest place to grow wine. Here, among the rugged slopes and forested hills, the Costa Vineyard basks in warm, sunny days and cool, foggy nights. This Pinot stands and delivers delectable red berry flavors tinged with earth and zesty acidity.
- A lady named Lula: Jeff Hansen pays tribute to a most remarkable woman with each vintage and bottle: his grandmother, Lula. Born in 1879, Lula’s enduring strength (she single-handedly raised her 3 children after the death of her husband) and love of family inspired Jeff. Cheers to Lula!
The 2013 Costa Vineyard Pinot Noir marks Lula's second release of this single vineyard source. The deep-rooted vines take on the character of the earthy soil. The intensely flavorful grapes produce a finished wine with great acid structure and classic aromatics of tea and rose petal.
Jeff Hansen, winemaker for Lula Cellars, brings nearly 30 years of grape growing and winemaking experience to the brand. Jeff’s handcrafted, limited production Mendocino Coast and Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs, along with Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Rosato (Rosé of Pinot Noir) reveal the passion he has for producing world class wines.
What does it take to make world class wine? To start with, it takes world class grapes. Then, the grapes must be fermented in a way that allows all of their flavors to be revealed. Next, we use just the right amount of oak barrel aging, which helps to marry the fruit flavors and acids into a harmonious blend.
In winemaking, when you let passion be your guide, the finished wine will always reflect that passion!
This opulent Pinot Noir's long, sumptuous finish is delightful with any beef dish, especially accompanied with sauteed mushrooms. Think of this as your "Steak Wine"