Lula Cellars is located on a 22-acre property located in Philo, just a couple of hours north of San Francisco. In the area known as “The Deep End” of Anderson Valley, some of its more famous winery neighbors are Twomey and Navarro Vineyards. We recently tasted four balanced, complex and lovely Lula wines – three Pinot Noirs and a Rosé of Pinot Noir. We enjoyed them all, and so did our friends who shared them with us.
With an annual production of about 4,000 cases, Lula’s focus is on Estate and Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs and single vineyard offerings from Mendocino County. Their property features a pet-friendly tasting room with a hand-hewn redwood bar, an outside seating area, a pond and an event area for weddings and other activities. Reservations are required.
Three years ago, Lula Cellars introduced Matt Parish as their new winemaker. Matt is from New Zealand, but he has lived in California for the last 15 years. His experience covers 25 vintages and includes small luxury wineries, NakedWines.com, Treasury Wine Estates (Beringer, Stags’ Leap Winery, Chateau St. Jean and Etude.) and Constellation Wines. He also crafts his own “Matt Parish” brand.
2019 Lula Cellars Rosé of Pinot Noir ($26)
In conclusion, Lula VIneyards is new to us, and we are thankful to the winery for sending us samples. As mentioned, we shared these wines with friends, and it was unanimous: more bottles will be in our future. If you are a Pinot lover, be sure to try these gorgeous wines.
Margot and Dave