LAGOM: "Just the right amount"... The archetypical Swedish proverb "Lagom ar bast", literally "The right amount is best"; also translated as "Enough is as good as a feast."
Scott and Viquel Hawley of Torrin have ventured from their Rhone Varietal roots to create an exciting companion brand in the wines of "Lagom." These wines focus on the inherent grace and finesse of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from select cool-climate vineyards in unique pockets of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
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.