A small production label (under 500 cases) owned by winemaker Jeff Hansen, a twenty-five year wine industry veteran who was previously the winemaker and part owner of Amici Cellars in Mendocino County, California. He made his first Pinot Noir in 2992 from grapes grown in the Mendocino Coastal town of Comptche and since then, all of his Pinot Noirs have come from that area. Hansen eventually left Amici, moved to the Mendocino Coast and started Lula Cellars. Lula was the name of Hansen's grandmother.
The 07 Pinot Noir was sourced from Comptche Ridge Vineyard in Mendocino County. Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer and Rose are also produced.
Wines are available at the winery or visiting the tasting room at 9000 Highway 128 in Philo, Anderson Valley. 707-895-3737.
Articles About Lula Cellars
2007 Lula Cellars Mendocino Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., 315 cases, $39. Lula is winemaker Jeff Hansen’s maternal grandmother’s name. Hansen was previously the winemaker and owner of Amici Cellars in Napa. The inaugural release from a 5-acre vineyard planted in 1998 in the mountain town of Comptche, 10 miles east of village of Mendocino. 65% pommard, 30% Dijon 115 and 5% Dijon 777. 4-day cold soak. Aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. Great label. · Moderately deep purplish-red color in the glass. Brooding aromas of plum sauce, dark berry melange, and leaf. Charming fruit core replete with vivid flavors of black plums, black raspberries and blackberries persisting on the intensely aromatic finish. Perfectly integrated oak and well proportioned ripe tannins. This wine has real mountain character, tasting like other intriguing Pinots I have had from Comptche, a little-known, but superb growing area for Pinot Noir. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »
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