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This is only the second release for Lacuna, a red wine blend
that varies from year to year. Given the talent behind the
production side as well as the distribution side of this equation,
I predict this brand will achieve considerable success.
My Tasting Notes
At our recent wine club member tasting panel, this wine was
divisive. And understandably so - it's young, young, YOUNG, and can
be as energetic and overly enthusiastic as a puppy. But give it
time to calm down (such as pouring through an aerator or decanting
three hours (seriously) before your meal) and you'll be rewarded
with layers of ripe fruit and tannic pleasures that beg for the
hearty meals from your Winter cookbook. [Note, this wine was poured
four months later, in late March, at a large food and wine pairing
event. It has calmed down considerably, and is moving into the
beginning of its peak. Paired beautifully with a tri-tip in a sauce
of red wine and roughly ground black pepper!]
Complex aromas of bramble berries with cracked black pepper,
tobacco, roasted meat, dried sage and forest-floor scents. The
lingering finish features dark fruit redwood forest floor, cracked
black pepper and a cedary spice with ample tannins. This wine is
almost sure to throw some sediment as it ages - I recommend
decanting carefully and leaving the sediment along with the last
few tablespoons of the precious liquid. A miserly 580 cases
Dave "the Wine Merchant" Chambers
Minnesota winter night
From Liesl Hyde of Minneapolis, Minnesota on 2/22/2013.
From Aaron Roland of San Francisco, California on 7/8/2012.
Braun and beauty!
From Aaron Dornstreich of San Francisco, California on 5/27/2012.