Adam Lee from Siduri wines interviewed by John Clerides
Siduri is the acknowledged dream for two wine lovers - Dianna and Adam Lee. Both Texas locals with foundations in wine sales. An enthusiasm for Pinot Noir headed them to create a little amount of Pinot from the 1994 vintage. This first wine met with extraordinary achievement and increased their quest for quality Pinot Noir grapes. Adam & Dianna now deliver Pinot Noir from vineyards as far north as Oregon's Willamette Valley and as far south as Santa Barbara County's Sta. Rita Hills. Novy Family Wines (www.novyfamilywines.com) is Siduri's "brother-label" which concentrates on energizing varietals, for example, Syrah, Grenache, and Zinfandel - - however NO Pinot Noir. Both brands are made in a quaint warehouse winery in the Russian River epithet. Our winemaking objective is to deliver Pinot Noir that best catches the unique flavor and character of a given vineyard site. To that end, we center just on Pinot Noir (Siduri makes no different varietals) and just from destinations that give us exceptional fruit. We are fanatical in our insurance of the vineyard flavor and are dead set not to let any overt winemaking segments quiet the identity of an individual site. In the cellar, we vinifiy each wine independently by block, clone and barrel type so as to expand the individual segments and give more prominent complexity to the final mix. This methodology additionally gives us considerably more adaptability in making a wine utilizing just the best and most harmonious parts. Given that the greater part of our wines are single vineyard offerings, it is important for us to keep up the site's individual character to provide you with a really assorted offering of wines. To that end: We trust in little intervention, "delicate" winemaking. At the end of the day, we let the wine make itself. We would prefer not to do anything to the wine that isn't completely necessary.
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Along the way, Dianna and Adam decided that they might want to take a stab at making a little bit of wine. They had $24,000 between them to invest in the undertaking (really Dianna had $21,000 and Adam had $3,000). Pinot Noir was their favorite wine so they assumed that's what that they ought to make (they were especially partial to the wines being created by Tom Rochioli and by Williams Selyem winery). Accordingly they began on a quest for grapes. A commercial in a trade publication led them to a vineyard in Anderson Valley. There they consented to buy one acre's worth of grapes. They decided to buy the grapes by the acre instead of by the ton and work the vineyard themselves as they had come to accept that the world's most excellent wines were created from low yielding vines. They drastically diminished the harvest load on their one-acre and made the wine as regularly as could reasonably be expected, utilizing indigenous yeasts and indigenous malolactic fermentation. They bought the finest French oak barrels and hoped for the best. About a month before harvest they became captivated and in the beginning of October they made their first wine – a grand total of 107 cases.
One night, after a couple of glasses of wine, they heard that extremely popular wine scholar Robert Parker was staying at the Meadowood Resort in the Napa Valley. Emboldened by the wine they pulled a sample of their first wine and left it with the concierge for Mr. Parker. This wine at last received a 90-point rating in the Wine Advocate. Their winery, Siduri Wines, took off from that point.
Dianna and Adam wedded on March 25, 1995. They have three kids, Christian, Amber and Truett.
To this day, they continue to make each wine together.
Siduri is named after the Babylonian Goddess of wine, who, in Babylonian mythology, held the wine of eternal life. Siduri is additionally the acknowledgment of a dream we have imparted since we met 15 years back, in our native Texas, and understood our common love of Pinot Noir.
Buoyed by the idea that we could become winemakers and make our Pinot Noir, we left our families and jobs in Texas and moved to California's Sonoma wine nation. We spent a few years working at little, family owned wineries, utilizing any spare time to learn all that we could about developing grapes and making wine. In 1994 we launched Siduri Wines with our first release, which was met with extraordinary basic achievement and headed us to search for extra high quality Pinot Noir grapes.
Today, Siduri produces single vineyard Pinot Noir from 20 separate vineyards extending from Santa Barbara north to Oregon's Willamette Valley. We have been blessed enough to make associations with top level cultivators/vineyards including: Pisoni, Van der Kamp and Clos Pepe . The greater part of our Pinot Noir is created unfiltered and unfined in an exertion to boost the representation of these extremely diverse sites. Siduri is extraordinary in the depth and breadth of our single varietal focus.
For us, the excellence of making our own particular wines is the flexibility to do it our own way, without bargain. In spite of the fact that it is important to have the capacity to adjust to new circumstances with every last vintage, we have observed that these standards hold true year after year.
Practices & Techniques
Estate Vineyards / AVA
The Sta. Rita Hills are in Santa Barbara County, between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton. They are the only valley that runs truly west-east in the entire West Coast of North America. This truly funnels the wind into the area, more so even than in the Santa Lucia Highlands. This leads to smaller clusters, smaller berries, and higher skin-to-juice ratios. We have to be careful here not to over-extract the wines and also to make certain that the tannins are in check. The Pinot Noirs from the Sta. Rita Hills tend to be darker, heavier, with rich fruits. They also can possesses a certain level of minerality, along with wonderful balancing acidity.
Vineyards — Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, John Sebastiano Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands
The Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation is on the west side of the Salina Valley in Monterey County. The valley floors is best known for growing a large portion of the world’s vegetables, but this soil is far too fertile to grow grapes for high quality wines. It is only in the hills that the soils become poor enough to cause the grapevines to struggle and produce truly high quality grapes. The region opens up to the Pacific Ocean and thus the vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands benefit from the cooling winds and the fog influence. The further south in the region the less these winds effect the grape growing and the bigger the wines. We get fruit from both the southern and northern ends of the Appellation. The Pinot Noirs made in the Santa Lucia Highlands tend to be fruit forward and quite rich, but they possess remarkable levels of natural acidity. In fact, the Pinots from the area are usually amongst our highest in natural acid
Vineyards — Garys, Pisoni, Rosella’s, Sierra Mar, Soberanes
The Sonoma Coast is perhaps the most geographically diverse of our Appellations. Spanning a huge area from Fort Ross – Seaview, south to near Occidental, and then inland towards Cotati and Sebastopol, it is an area that truly only is unified in the quality and character of the wines. Our wines from the Sonoma Coast possess a unique mixture of forest floor characteristics (smells of pine needles and earth), along with more red fruit flavors. The wines are more generous than our Oregon offerings yet they possess a backbone and restraint akin to their northern cousins.
Vineyards — Hirsch, Pratt Vineyard- Sexton Road, Sonatera
Russian River Coast
The Russian River Valley is a large Appellation and one that is practically synonymous with Pinot Noir. The area is broad enough that there have been many discussions about splitting the AVA up into 5 or more micro-AVAs. We sources grapes from several of these sub-appellations ranging from areas as far west as Sebastopol to areas as far northeast as Windsor. Despite the diversity, the wines from the Russian River Valley tend to be generous, rich and round. The fruit can be red, but often moves into the darker character, with some nutmeg and Christmas spices also making an appearance.
Vineyards — Bucher, Camp Castro, Elsbree, Ewald, Keefer Ranch, Lingenfelder, Parsons
The Chehalem Mountains AVA is at the far northern end of the Willamette Valley. It is the closest AVA to Portland and is perhaps the coolest in the entire Willamette Valley. Our four vineyards are all located on Laurelwood soil. Some of them are unique in that they are own-rooted and non-irrigated (which means the roots go deeper and thus have access to great soil variations). While this combination presents its share of challenges in a cool vintage, in a warmer year it provides huge advantages. It also clearly distinguishes the wines from these vineyards from our California Pinot Noirs. Our Oregon Pinot Noirs are always the most graceful Pinots that we produce, with red fruits, a warm clay character, and crisp acidity.
Vineyards — Arbre Vert, Hawk’s View, Muirfield, Shaw
The Sonoma Mountain Appellation is usually not thought of as a Pinot Noir area. This is because the most famous vineyards in the AVA are on the east facing side of the mountain and thus are warm enough to grow Bordeaux varietals. However, Pinot Noir is finding a home on the westward facing mountainside, where the fog and cooling breezes come in from the Pacific and are huddled up against the mountain. The Pinots here ripen fairly late in the season, often times running concurrently with those from the Sonoma Coast. The wines have a unique smoked meat character along with red to black fruits and occasionally bigger tannins.
Vineyards — Van der Kamp
92pts 2012 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir
93pts 2012 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
93pts 2012 Cargasacchi Vineyard Pinot Noir
90 pts 2011 Susan’s Hill Syrah
90pts 2011 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah
90 pts 2011 Susan’s Hill Syrah
90pts 2011 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah
SIDURI 2011 Siduri Parsons’ Vineyard Pinot Noir,
Russian River Valley Score: 91pts
94pts “Cellar Selection” 2011 Siduri Keefer Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
92pts “Editors Choice” 2011 Siduri Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
92pts “Cellar Selection” 2011 Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
92pts 2011 Siduri 2011 Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
92pts “Cellar Selection” 2011 Garys’ Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
2010 Siduri Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir,
Santa Lucia Highlands