Most families drive more than one car, and watch more than one television, so why not have more than one organic winery? Suzanne Hagins and Chris Condos have upped the stakes in the his and hers market with their own labels, each dedicated to organically grown grapes. Suzanne founded Lutea in 2004, where she is the owner and winemaker, and husband Chris founded Horse & Plow in 2008 to make his own wines. They both source their grapes from small vineyards in California’s North Coast.
Horse & Plow Filigreen Farm Pinot Gris 2008
Nose of green apple. Really nice acidity with a little brininess and some faint citrus notes. More pronounced butter and oak as it opens up. Very easy and friendly wine. Great with a meaty white fish.
Lutea Los Carneros Pinot Noir 2007
Made from grapes from Robert Sinskey Vineyard and is also biodynamic. Nice aged color with a tinge of orange brick. Classic Pinot Noir nose with toasty oak and strawberry. Very light body, almost no perceptible tannin. Matches well with Salmon.
Lutea Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2007
A stronger nose of cooked strawberries, oak and a little banana. More full bodied. Even though it has less alcohol than the previous Pinot Noir, it feels hotter in the mouth. Fruit is strong but not complex. Another good match for a hearty fish dish.
Lutea Sonoma County Four Barrel Pinot Noir 2007
Blended from three different Sonoma vineyards. Toast and oak on the nose, and a hint of cured meat. A very California style Pinot Noir and a sure crowd pleaser. Grilled chicken or a good local goat’s milk cheese would pair perfectly.
Lutea Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2006
We’ll like this even better with a little more age. Pronounced tannins and good acidity. Very earthy and bold. Grill up a nice steak with it.
Horse & Plow Alexander Valley Grenache 2008
Really nice earthy nose. Great acidity with balanced tannins. Hint of sour cherry. A short finish now, but that should improve with some age. Drink with flat bread pizza or a pasta with a light red sauce.