Dave Del Dotto (of Del Dotto Vineyards in Napa) is one of 21 growers in this extreme Sonoma Coast Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. His property sits on a rugged, raw, sun-drenched and windswept site just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard is named Cinghiale (cin-gall-ē) meaning wild boar in Italian, referencing the Del Dotto family heritage and an abundant, local wildlife population. It is among themost sought after coastal Pinot vineyards in the world - neighbors Flowers, Marcassin, Failla, Peter Michael, Wayfarer and others are all nestled here. It's such a remote spot that wine enthusiasts are more often introduced to these limited production wines in restaurants, Napa tasting rooms, and through the occasional well-connected retailer. Lanny* is an Unwined custom label project made by winemaker Robbie Meyer, Del Dotto's trusted leader at Cinghiale (previously with Lewis Cellars, Peter Michael, and Jericho Canyon). With his vineyard management and winemaking teams, Robbie crafts their estate Pinot to highlight the concentration and perfume mother nature delivers in this unique appellation. Each year, after harvest, thegrapes are fermented whole cluster to extract color, richness andstructure, then aged 15 months in new French oak.
Not a wimpy pinot, Lanny is generous and brawny but unmistakably Pinot with aromas of wild strawberry puree, fresh earth, dried tea leaves and flowers, sweet vanilla, caramel, and mixed baking spice. At over 14.5% abv, it is built for age yet offers immediate appeal. On thepalate, it's a velvet hammer, medium bodied and richly textured, a silky wine without the slightest hint of heat. This appetite-inducing 2014 offers the perfect burst of flashy red fruit and silky texture for your holiday spreads - from fried turkey or pork roast to game birds and leg oflamb. Pop the cork and call dibs on the crispy pieces for unforgettable QT with the ones you love.