The word "Lacuna" means "a blank space, missing part, gap, or hiatus". Just do NOT allow yourself to MISS OUT on this new discovery!
Lacuna is the partnership of three friends with various and diverse experiences in the wine industry, who convinced Morgan Twain-Peterson to join the fun and to be their winemaker and 4th partner. Morgan is the son of Joel Peterson, the founder and winemaker of Sonoma's Ravenswood Winery. Remember, "No Wimpy Wines"? And even though folklore has a cute Morgan making his own barrel of wine at the tender age of five, don't hold that marketing ploy against the protégé son. In fact, Happy Father's Day!
LOOK! Morgan does have old vine wine running through his youthful veins. If you don't already know, in the past 3-4 years, Mr. Morgan Twain-Peterson (now 32 years old) has risen to the top of his profession not only for his outstanding winemaking skills and ability, but in working to identify, preserve and source from heirloom old vine vineyards in Northern California. Twain-Peterson's Bedrock Wine Company IS THE BUZZ among all Zinfandel and Syrah producers and aficionados. And although Lacuna will be an annual limited production, single wine project, trust me when I say the BUZZ has grown even LOUDER!! Just try the 2011 Lacuna and you will understand why!
I hesitate to tell you that Syrah (85%) is the dominant varietal in this wine, as this seems to be a "tune out", rather than "turn on" factor for some. But, please stay with me as Morgan's Lacuna Syrah is irresistible as last Saturday's tasting bar participants can attest! Sourced from two highly regarded cool clime vineyards in NorCal, one site planted primarily to the Alban clone provides savory aromas and a bacon fat texture. The other Syrah source is co-fermented with Viognier (6%), and compliments with fresh floral-violet aromas, brighter acidity and high tones of red and blue berries.
The remaining components of the wine only accounts for 9%, but the Petite Sirah (4%), Carignan (3%), and Zinfandel (2%) come from an ancient vineyard originally planted before the turn of the century (thank you again Morgan!). This "framework" fruit helps to enforce the structure with nice firming tannins which add length to the wine. Not to be lost is to emphasize how a wine of such great proportion is still balanced, and offers fresh and vibrant fruit and complexity with each sip.
The 11 Lacuna is aged for 10 months in Daranjou and Hermitage French Oak barrels, 20% of which were new. 14.3% Alcohol. Unfiltered.
We should have shown more patience with the wine; that is, to see how the wine would evolve for at least another 24 hours of airing. But the 11 Lacuna delivers such stimulating gratification, honestly, we could not help ourselves....the bottle was a dead soldier in about 90 minutes. Trust me, we will try again soon!
$28.95 a bottle!