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St Laurent is an Austrian variety with an ancestry that is still unclear, although it’s thought to be a cross between Pinot and Savagnin. St Laurent has been referred to as the “kinky cousin of Pinot Noir”, with its low alcohol, low tannin and high color, and broad palate feel. St Laurent is found predominantly in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Jon sources his grapes from the Ricci Vineyards in the Los Carneros region of Sonoma County. Long time grower Dale Ricci was the first to plant St Laurent in California. The original cuttings of the Ricci Vineyard were from Pfalz, Germany.
For the 2014 vintage, Jon harvested 7 tons of St. Laurent and fermented in open top bins outside utilizing the warmth of the sun and reflective insulation. The label is incredibly eye catching and deceiving. At a first glance I thought the label was a water color painting or something created by a graphic artist. The truth is the image on the label is actually a moment that Jon captured with his phone of his wine being pressed. The stainless steel background and the vibrant purple colors are so contrasting and alluring.
This wine is perfumey, floral, spicy, juicy, and fresh. It tastes of raspberry, cherry, and strawberry with a cleansing acidity that makes it easy to enjoy with food. A friend of Jon described it as, “if cru Beaujolais and Dolcetto were blended” and I totally get that. A few of Jon's favorite pairings with his 2014 St Laurent are-----any spicy dishes, oysters, goat cheese, duck salami, and grilled Aleppo peppers.
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