Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yet Another Good Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Producer
At the western end of the small town of Philo in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County is a complex, called The Madrones, that houses four tasting rooms. On a previous visit, we stopped in at couple of the tasting rooms. On this trip, we tasted excellent Pinot Noir at Lula Cellars. We were served by the owner, Jeff Hansen, who told us about his experience making wine in the Napa Valley, the history of his current winery - Lula Cellars, and how much he enjoyed living on the Mendocino coast. Being a small producer, Jeff has a good problem - he sells out of one year's vintage before the next year's wine is ready to be released. Fortunately, we were able to taste his Pinot Noir before it sells out for the year. Jeff expects to have some wine to pour through sometime in June. Then the tasting room will be closed for a few months until the next year's wines are released. But don't fear, if you stop by and Lula Cellars is closed, at least one of the tastings rooms is sure to be open.