Lost & Found is the vision of Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth, someone we have come to know well on our recent trips to California. We are now the exclusive importer of Geoff’s wines into the UK. As one of America's most respected wine professionals, Geoff brings to the winery a unique aesthetic and uncompromising commitment to quality.
First released from the 2010 vintage, Lost & Found celebrates the rebirth of an old Bartolomei family vineyard: eight acres on the Russian River's western edge, cooled by fog from the nearby Sonoma Coast, originally planted at the turn of the last century. Released in 2017 after one year in barrel and two years in bottle, 2013 is the fourth vintage of Lost & Found Pinot Noir.
The amphitheatre-shaped Bartolomei vineyard is planted to three clones, each vinified separately. The top section—"the hill"—is planted to Clone 113 and fermented whole cluster. Clone 777 and heritage Jackson Clone 16 comprise the majority of the vineyard and are de-stemmed, bringing a nice balance of complexity from spice and wild herbs to the silkiness of red berry fruit. Fermentation and malolactic were spontaneous and the wine was not racked or filtered. The wine was aged in two- to five-year-old French oak. After ten months, the three lots were combined for final bottling, then left to rest for two years.
Lost & Found aspires to release delicious wines three years after the vintage to ensure the wine is ready to drink, but will also benefit from additional time in the cellar. Another great game wine, ideal for a haunch of muntjac or venison roast with cranberry sauce.
Jane MacQuitty: Pinot noir finds a home in California (The Sunday Times) “If you love premier cru and grand cru red burgundy but balk at paying the £100 to £300 price tag that the top bottles fetch, it’s time you got to know pinot noir’s new home on California’s cool, foggy Sonoma Coast. It has taken winemakers there decades to get to grips with the “heartbreak grape”, but they have cracked it. These days their best pinots are not only capable of rivalling top-dog burgundies, but often at half the price.
Lost & Found’s 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley is more typically voluptuous in style, but there is some terrific, burgundian, savoury spiced plum pizzazz here."