Christian Lazo Barbera Paso Robles 2005

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Dark and intense. Fruit forward.

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Christian Lazo Wines:
Professional writers have angels, editors and publishers that keep them in touch with their muse. Winemakers have a different muse and we are quite happy to stay in touch with him without any outside help, we do however have distributors that keep our fingers to the keyboard. To our new and first distributor, Drake and Mary, we dedicate this chapter of our story. After more than two years of ... Read more
Professional writers have angels, editors and publishers that keep them in touch with their muse. Winemakers have a different muse and we are quite happy to stay in touch with him without any outside help, we do however have distributors that keep our fingers to the keyboard. To our new and first distributor, Drake and Mary, we dedicate this chapter of our story. After more than two years of making every known mistake in farming, Christian was fortunate enough to meet one the original stars of the Paso Robles area, Richard Sauret. He is one those farmers that are organic to an area. His roots run so deep that he has become part of the terroir of the area. His knowledge of the Paso Robles area is so through and extensive that is able to intuitively make adjustments to his farming practices before he, or anyone else, realizes that an adjustment is needed. He is a scary good farmer. He is also the best Zinfandel farmer ever. Christian meet him in the fall of 2003 and things worked out well for him and Richard. Richard wanted to slow down after fifty plus years of farming and Christian needed more land and a teacher. Christian Lazo soon bought a ten acre piece of head trained Zin from Sauret VineyardsTM. The vines were planted in 1980 and were just beautiful! Over the next couple of years, Richard guided Christian in how to farm Zinfandel in the hot dry climate of Paso Robles. He explained how water is the most precious resource. Richard pointed out that we were blessed with chalky clay soil that holds the winter rain, so the vines can thrive in the summer furnace without adding water and diluting the flavor of the grape. In spring of 2005 Christian Lazo bought another fifteen acres, evenly divided into Zinfandel and its two bad boy friends Barbera and Petite Sirah, from Sauret VineyardsTM. Both the 2003 and the 2004 Christian Lazo Zinfandel are 100% from the ol’ McGillis place that we bought in March 2002. Most people in tasting the 2003 and the 2004 version comment on the difference in flavor and boldness. Some of this divergence is due to the long process of bringing the vines of the ol’ McGillis farm back into balance after years of neglect. Some is due to using the farming techniques of an old master. How much is due to each factor? Well, only a wine sage could truly answer such a question. As for us, we are just happy to have been blessed with the good fortune to become stewards to awesome zinfandel vineyards and to have been taught by the best farmer ever to have farmed a head trained vine. Read less
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Snooth User: Gene Vassilaros
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04/18/2013

Dark and intense. Fruit forward.




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