Pinot Noir, Lenné 'LeNez'
As with all the Lenné Pinots, LeNez is estate-grown, this one coming from younger vines. This is a sexy, fruit-driven vintage, mixing purple and black fruits with a dash of milk chocolate from gentle aging in 10% new French oak. With near-term drinkability and medium-term ageability this is a fine all-purpose Pinot, touted as their most approachable blend of Pinot Noir, blended from all five pinot noir clones on their vineyard.
Now that the vineyard has matured and is in their 20th vintage [although their first decent production wasn't until 2007, SEVEN years after they first planted], the vines have sent roots deeply into the subsoil, where they pull water and nutrients capable of sustaining them from deep below the surface. The vineyard is healthy but the poor soil does its work in limiting canopy growth and produces exceptionally small clusters. The benefit of the soil is intensely concentrated flavor, and a unique mocha aromatic and distinct mid-palate texture which are the two signatures of Lenné's terroir.