“Just the right amount”… The archetypical Swedish proverb “Lago ar bast” literally “The right amount is best”; also translated as “Enough is as good as a feast”
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Torrin
Lagom is a perfect mantra for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These varietals produce some of the world’s most sought after wines and manage to do so with an uncanny simplicity. They are rarely blended with other varieties, often expressions from a single site, and seldom heavy handed in their production yet they are capable of remarkable depth, complexity and impeccable balance. The finest examples are impressive without being overwhelming, they embrace the notion that enough is indeed “just the right amount”.
In 1999 I took a trip to Burgundy and was enamored with the beauty and grace of both the wines and the region itself. Here it wasn’t about the grandeur of the modern wine world, but about the culture and tradition that lies at the heart of the region and its people. There was a welcoming ease that exuded confidence and contentment that was generations deep. The wines, the connection to the ground from which they came, and the weathered hands that guided them were enough and enough was indeed a feast. This was the inspiration for Lagom.
Lagom is our philosophical muse. It reminds us not to look for answers, but rather to look at things from the perspective of what simply feels right. It encourages us to appreciate effortless beauty and the notion that “more”, often times distracts us from the serenity found in just enough. We hope Lagom resonates with you and we certainly hope you enjoy the wines.
The Hawley Family
Earth tones, dried herbs, tobacco and deep red fruit up front are beautiful leading to a seamless rich middle while fresh acidity supports the wine long into the finish. Resting on the hillsides of the eastern Santa Maria Valley lies one of the most acclaimed vineyards in all of California, Bien Nacido Vineyard. Remarkable expressions of Pinot Noir have been produced from this esteemed vineyard for nearly 5 decades. Grown in the rocky hillside soils that rise up from the valley floor, the Lagom 2014 Pinot Noir has an extraordinary palate presence. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 18 months in barrel, this wine is simply stunning. Enjoy now or watch it age gracefully for at least a decade. 149 Cases Produced.
This is the only wine in the Lagom lineup that is a blend of fruit from multiple sites. We opted to emphasize the clonal selection 115 from three sites to showcase an expression of Pinot Noir that is a bit more masculine. At the core of the wine is Slide Hill Vineyard located on the hillsides of the southeastern portion of the Edna Valley. The low yields on this steep rocky hillside delivers a deep and intense wine with substantial structure and weight. Smaller portions of Clone 115 from both Duvarita and Bien Nacido complex the wine with subtle perfumed notes and brighter fruit. Aged in barrel for 18 months and bottle aged for an additional 12 months, this wine is beginning to open up and show its true self and will be stunning with time in the cellar. 149 cases Produced.
Bright red fruits mingle with earth and spice creating unmistakable “Typicity” the term the French use for “true to varietal character”. The texture of this wine is astounding with a silky presence from front to back. The wine remains fresh and vibrant long into the finish. This truly unique little vineyard is the coolest site we work with. It is virtually a sand dune just west of the most westerly boundary of the Santa Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County. The proximity to the Pacific and the sandy soils deliver unbelievably pretty wines that are incredibly aromatic with stunning texture and depth. Bottled unfined and unfiltered after 18 months in barrel, this wine is gorgeous now and will age beautifully over the next decade. 149 cases produced.
The wine is rich and supple with great acidity and purity that keeps the wine fresh. Spanish Springs Vineyard lies west of the Edna Valley south of San Luis Obispo. At less than two miles from the Pacific Ocean it is the first vineyard you encounter as you head east out of Pismo Beach. Protected by hills that run parallel to the coast, Spanish Springs enjoys a perfect mix of cool marine influence and sunshine to make for optimal maturity over a long steady growing season. Loamy topsoil over layers of calcareous shale create a wine that is loaded with stone fruits, melon, and tropical notes entwined with layers of mineral and flint. Long slow fermentation in barrel utilizing native yeasts, complete malo-lactic fermentation, and bottling unfiltered allow for a gorgeous expression of the varietal and place that will impress young and continue to develop over the next 5 to 7 years.