LOST CANYON produces high-end, small-lot, single-vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah in the Russian River Valley. The wines are sold mostly direct to customers and in restaurants. The upscale brand was established in 2001 and was sold in 2007 to Clay Fritz, who carries on the Sonoma wine legacy of his father, the late Jay Fritz who founded Fritz Cellars in 1979, now known as Fritz Underground Winery. Lost Canyon wines are made by Fritz’s winemaker, Australian Brad Longton. Lost Canyon’s tasting room is in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. It morphs into Station 1870 Wine Bar at night, also owned by Clay Fritz. The year 1870 was when the first locomotive arrived in downtown Santa Rosa.
Lost Canyon Chardonnay Ruxton Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012, $35: This wine has the right stuff to age for a very long time: razor-sharp acidity, alcohol, powerful tropical fruit. It’s sourced off the Ruxton Vineyard in Russian River, off 38-year-old vines grown near the town of Occidental. Aromas sear the nostrils with scents of Granny Smith apple, pear, pineapple and white peach. In the mouth, flavors are infused with smoky, spicy Frency oak — 90 percent new! It’s young and tangy, and would pair right now with grilled snapper or walleye, or roasted pork or chicken. It’s not for the weak of palate. Ruxton Vineyard was planted in 1977 on an old prune orchard at an elevation of 1,000 feet. It’s perched on an eastern-facing slope. Six hundred ninety-nine cases were produced.
Lost Canyon Pinot Noir Morelli Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012, $45: This intense, dense Pinot is full-bodied with aromas of red currant, plum and earth tones. In the mouth, it has firm, velvet tannins and sturdy acidity, and flavors that shout cassis, cherry, rhubarb and dark chocolate. Alcohol is 14.3 percent. Morelli Lane is an historic vineyard dating to the late 1800s that has gone through several owners who have preserved and lovingly tended it. It was most recently planted to Pinot Noir clones 115, 113 and Pommard. It’s six miles from the rugged, cool Sonoma Coast. Three hundred cases were produced.
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