2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast “Clean, crisp lemon and apple blossom, white peach and a touch of pear are all present in this modern style, fresh, steely and mineral-laced, mid-weight Chardonnay with surprising concentration and fruit. Drink it over the next several years.”
2015 North Coast Pinot Noir “This winery also scored well with their cross AVA blend from Mendocino, Russian River and the Sonoma Coast, the 2015 Pinot Noir, which was aged in 20% new French oak for six months. Pomegranate, red currant, allspice, roasted herbs and forest floor are make an appearance in this soft, round, juicy but lovely Pinot Noir, which is a dead ringer for a generic Côte de Beaune. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.”
2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “The 2013 Pinot Noir Russian River saw 20% whole clusters, but also enjoyed 20% new French oak for six months. (The reason for getting these wines in bottle so quickly is so that fruit is their hallmark.) This 2013 offers up notes of sweet and sour cherries, Asian plums, and hints of earth, underbrush and tobacco leaf. It is medium-bodied and best drunk over the next several years.”.
“These are three excellent values from proprietor Seth Cripe, who founded this label in 2008.”
“Seth Cripe set out to make a range of delicious, affordable wines. The Lola wines are fresh, bright and made without a lot of fanfare, all of which make them ideal for informal drinking.”
“Proprietor/Winemaker Seth Cripe told us that his 2015 North Coast Pinot Noir was his best-ever, but we had no idea it was going to be this good! How he has managed to cram all this California Pinot Noir goodness into a bottle is truly a Penn & Teller worthy magic trick. The color is gorgeous, and the flavor profile even delivers hints of true Burgundian character laced with a bit of Oregonian earthiness. This Pinot Noir is not the best of both worlds; it’s the best of all worlds! Stick a bottle in the fridge for an hour or so to get it down to proper red-wine-savoring temperature (about 60 degrees), then twist off the easy-opening cap, pour and enjoy. We know you’ll be back for more.”