Siduri Lemoravo Vineyard Pinot Noir

Adam Lee is the talented, colorful winemaker and founder of Siduri Winery in Santa Rosa, California. His wines are typically unfined and unfiltered, and I like to say that he also tends to speak that way. Adam is a Texan who moved to California over 20 years ago to pursue his passion for Pinot Noir. He and his wife, Dianna, founded Siduri, named for the Babylonian Goddess of Wine. I am extremely fortunate to sell the Siduri wines in California and I would like to elaborate on Adam’s efforts in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, in general, and the Lemoravo Vineyard specifically.

Adam makes Pinot Noir from six American AVAs: Willamette Valley, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills. (Technically, Adam also makes a Pinot Noir from Chehalem Mountains AVA within Willamette Valley AVA).

SID_16_Lemoravo_PN_FIn Santa Lucia Highlands, Mr. Lee creates six single vineyard Pinot Noirs, including Soberanes, Sierra Mar, Rosella’s, Gary’s, and Pisoni. Lemoravo is the sixth and newest, and it sits at the southern end of Santa Lucia Highlands, almost directly below Sierra Mar Vineyard. Adam had been driving past Lemoravo for many years, checking out the grapes on the way to Sierra Mar. When he heard that some Lemoravo fruit was available, he started sourcing it in 2015 and used the grapes for the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA blend. He was so happy with the quality that he made it a Lemoravo Vineyard designate in 2016. Lemoravo gets its name from the crops originally planted at the site: lemons, oranges and avocados.

Here are Adam’s tasting notes for the 2016 Siduri Lemoravo Pinot Noir:

“The Lemoravo Vineyard is planted to multiple clones and, as much as I thought it would ripen (by clone), I actually found that it ripened from northwest to southeast following the sections most exposed to the wind off of the Pacific ripening quickest. We picked the vineyard in four passes, each one moving progressively southeast. The 2016 Siduri Lemoravo Pinot Noir shows a fairly classic Santa Lucia Highlands profile, with loads of concentrated red and black fruits, along with slight hints of dried herbs and even a slight dusty, earthy complexity. The wine is more seamless than heavy, with superb balance and a longer, lingering finish with just the slightest hint of finishing tannins (but good acidity). This wine drinks very well right out of the gate, but should certainly age for a few years with no problem whatsoever.”

I hope you enjoy this Pinot Noir; there are only about 150 cases available for the initial release.

When you are traveling in Sonoma, there are two distinct ways to experience the wines of Siduri: at the winery in Santa Rosa and at the “Wine Lounge” in Healdsburg, where you can also enjoy small bites and micro-brews on draft. Both venues are a treat—you can plan your trip at

~ by Thomas on January 19, 2018.

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