Our friends, Peter and Betty Spann of Spann Vineyards in Sonoma, have introduced a new label called Lake Family Wines. The new series is sourced from the Clarksburg AVA. Situated in the Sacramento River Delta east of Napa Valley, the region experiences warm days and cool evenings, conditions which are well suited for growing red grapes.
The Lake Family Wines reviewed here (Lake is Betty’s maiden name) consist of four reds from the 2015-16 vintages: Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah. They are all well-made wines and are fruit forward in character with considerable purity of flavor. Unfortunately, they are made in very small quantities; however, they are available through the winer
Lake Family 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Clarksburg ($30) 90+
This is a richly flavored, opaque ruby Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 7% Malbec and 17% Petit Verdot It offers aromas and flavors of black currants and cassis with some earthy notes. It is mouth filling and reveals a lovely texture with good balance and a persistent finish.
Lake Family 2016 Mourvedre Clarksburg ($25) 89+
Medium ruby. A fresh fruit forward blend of 80% Mourvedre and 20% Tempranillo with aromas of spicy red berries and cranberries. On the palate it is silky smooth with concentrated red berry flavors, excellent balance, soft round tannins and a medium length finish. 125 cases
Lake Family 2016 Petite Sirah Clarksburg ($28) 90
The 2016 Petite Sirah offers ripe and lush black fruits aromas and flavors. Blended with 18% Mourvedre, it is mouth filling and displays excellent concentration and depth of flavor with notable purity and hints of spice. A lovely well made wine. 135 cases
Lake Family 2015 Tempranillo Clarksburg ($25) 89
Dark ruby in color, the 2019 Lake Tempranillo offers fruit forward aromas and flavors of dark spicy boysenberry and plum. It reveals concentrated flavors, good acidity and balance, firm round tannins and a pleasant finish. A lovely 100% Tempranillo. 98 cases made.