Paul Hobbs made the Laird Family wines since the first vintage in 1999, until Laird handed the reins in 2015 to Brian Mox. Brian was trained at MIT and UC Davis, is former winemaker for Lewis Cellars and Etude and has been a custom-crush winemaker at Laird since they opened. Laird wines are night-harvested from their favorite 3% of select estate vineyard sites, with annual production of about 10,000 total cases. Beyond their success as a grower and as a new winery, Laird Family Estate also operates a large scale custom-crush Winery for other producers (7,000 tons of grapes a year), presently home to 62 wineries including Selene, Scarecrow, Aubert, Corra, Hollywood & Vine and many others.
Sauvignon Blanc 2017, “Big Ranch” Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley Spring Release Kegs
Winery Notes: “Pale gold color and intense aromatics resembling key lime, melon, and sweet celery. Bright acidity is rounded out by a slightly creamy finish and lingering flavors of honeysuckle and dandelion greens.”
Fermented anaerobically for fruit freshness in 80% stainless steel tanks and in 20% neutral oak barrels for rounder texture.
Pinot Grigio 2017, Cold Creek Ranch, Carneros, Sonoma New Vintage Kegs
Made with no oak, minimal oxygen contact and lower brix, it has aromas of juicy passionfruit and honeysuckle, and enticing flavors of melon, apricot, vanilla, and subtle minerality, with a focused, mouthwatering finish. 3675 cases.
Chardonnay 2016, Cold Creek Ranch, CarnerosNew Release
Winery Notes:“Notes of tropical fruits, sweet nectarine, melon, and vanilla. Flavors of jasmine, citrus, and ripe Fuji apple that are complemented by a creamy mouthfeel and hints of lemon curd.”
25% new oak, and 50% malolactic. Cakebread and Rombauer buy Chardonnay from this Laird vineyard, adjacent to Sangiacomo Vineyard. 2593 cases.
Chardonnay 2016, Red Hen Ranch, Napa Valley 93 Points, James Suckling
93 Points, James Suckling:“Amazing aromas of lemon zest and sliced apple aromas with hints of pear. Full body, lots of fruit and an intense finish. This shows a tension and depth.”
All-American Style! This Flagship Chardonnay vineyard surrounds the winery. Made with 40% new French oak and 100% malolactic fermentation. 1535 cases.
Pinot Noir 2016 “Ghost Ranch” Carneros New Vintage
Winery Notes:“It has a youthful, fruit driven nose of dark cherry, vanilla, and hints of cinnamon and clove. The ripe, juicy palate explodes with flavors of cherry compote, vibrant acidity, and undertones of raspberry and cranberry.”
Aged 9 months in 60% new French oak, from the Laird Ghost Ranch.
Pinot Noir 2015 “Phantom Ranch” Carneros
Winery Notes:“Aromas of rose petals, black cherry, licorice, and cedar. Lively acidity, tart strawberries, undertones of toffee and marzipan, well-integrated ripe tannins and a lingering finish.”
The third release from this new Flagship Pinot Noir (Silver Label) vineyard planted to clones chosen by Paul Hobbs just for this wine. Far Niente, Cakebread and Rombauer buy fruit from Laird’s Phantom Ranch, located between Hyde and Cakebread,. 675 cases
Jillian’s Blend 2014, Napa Valley 93 Points, James Suckling
93 Points, James Suckling: “A lively and fresh style for a Napa red with blackberries, blueberries and hints of citrus character. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish.”
60% Cabernet, 20% Syrah, 14% Merlot, 4% Flat Rock Malbec and 2% Flat Rock Petite Verdot. 2385 cases.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Napa Valley 90 Points, Robert Parker
90 Points, Robert Parker: “An equal-part blend of Flat Rock and Mast vineyards, it is a sexy wine offering up notes of espresso roast, melted chocolate and black currants in a decidedly hedonistic and plush style. The wine is round, generous, expansive and altogether silky and pleasing. Overall the wine is very well-balanced.” 1000 cases made.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, “Mast Ranch” Napa Valley NEW VINTAGE 94 Points, James Suckling
94 Points, James Suckling:“Aromas of dried flowers, leaves and currants. Full body, a solid core of fruit and a chewy finish. Very pretty and structured. Needs at least three to four years of bottle age. Gorgeous.”
The Mast Ranch is a well-drained, sloped hillside vineyard producing tiny concentrated berries, located just south of some high-profile neighbors – Dominus, Lail and Blankiet. Only 405 cases made.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, “Flat Rock Vineyard” Napa Valley94 Points, Robert Parker
94 Points, Robert Parker: “Softer than the Mast Ranch, with sweet tannin, dense purple color, plenty of crème de cassis, blackberry and blueberry. There is a nice floral element, and the wine finishes full, rich and impressive.”
Flavors of cassis, hazelnut and briary undertones with fresh acidity and chewy tannins. Laird’s Flagship Wine, the vineyard is planted with high-density vine spacing, on valley floor adjacent to the Stags Leap District. 550 cases.
Represented by Rising Star Wine Group, Inc. in the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Monterey and Santa Cruz
Available trade materials for download. (POS, Shelf Talkers, Data sheets)