California Wine Fan reviews LUTUM at Pinot Fest in San Francisco.
Lutum is a joint venture between Bill Price and winemaker Gavin Chanin. For those rusty on their Latin, “lutum” translates to dirt or soil – where all terroir begins. They focus on small-production, single-vineyard pinot noir and chardonnay. Naturally we’ll stick to the pinot.
Their 2013 Bien Nacido Vineyard opens with white pepper, mushrooms and forest floor. On the palate you’ll find red raspberry, tea and a hint of spice. The finish is soft tannins with more spice.
Lutum’s 2013 Sanford and Benedict Vineyard starts with aromas of cherries and anise. This wine features structured tannins with a nice acid balance.
The 2013 Rita’s Crown Vineyard is darker and heavier, including scents of coriander and black cherries. Spices are integrated with smooth tannins on the palate.
Finally, the 2013 La Rinconada Vineyard A bright garnet color reveals a heady nose of cranberry, dried bark and umami. A concentrated mid-palate of red fruit and substantial tannin lends itself to great structure. This is a fuller-bodied Pinot Noir that offers complexity and richness.
Lutum offers the full array of the pinot noir experience. Think of them as your one-stop shop.