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Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen

By Published On: September 2nd, 2023

Love of French Wines and Appreciation for Sonoma Valley Create their Unique Style.

Located in Sonoma Valley’s Glen Ellen, the Lasseter Family Winery estate property encompasses organically farmed vineyards and an eco-friendly winery. Owners Nancy and John Lasseter brought their love of French wines from the Southern Rhône and Bordeaux regions to the Sonoma Valley to produce distinctive wines from their vineyards’ diverse terroir.

Visiting Lasseter Family Winery

Guests have an opportunity to visit the eco-friendly production facility, built within the footprint of the original historic winery.

With its low profile, earth tone facade, natural materials, and early California-style architecture, the 2011 building blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape. Visitors have several ways to experience Lasseter Family Winery and taste their wines.

With the Patio Tasting ($40 per person), guests can relax on the shaded patio and enjoy views of the Sonoma Valley and Moon Mountain District estate vineyards, while tasting a flight of five Bordeaux and Rhône-inspired rosé, white and red wines. 

Lasseter Family Winery patio tasting.
Patio wine tasting. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

The Vineyard Tour & Tasting ($75 per person) includes a ride in an open-air club cart through the organically-farmed estate vineyards, including the century-old Heritage Blocks of Zinfandel. The tour is accompanied by a tasting of six Estate grown small lot Bordeaux and Rhône-inspired rosé, white and red wines paired with charcuterie and local artisan cheeses.

The Vineyard Tour & Tasting at Lasseter Family Winery.
The Vineyard Tour & Tasting. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

Guests who choose the Private Tour & Salon Tasting ($95) will have an opportunity to visit the winery’s eco-friendly cellar for a barrel tasting of wine, after strolling through the vineyards with a glass of rosé in hand.

In the private salon, guests experience an immersive tasting of five wines from the Sonoma Valley & Moon Mountain estate vineyards paired with a selection of local cheeses and charcuterie.

Tours and tastings are available seven days a week by appointment. Guests must be age 21 and over, and pets are not permitted. 

Lasseter Family Winery private barrel room tour.
Private Barrel Room tour. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

The Wines of Lasseter Family Winery

Unique commissioned works of art on each label enhance the beautiful wines and tell their stories. Lasseter Family Winery produces Bordeaux and Rhône-inspired rosé, white and red wines, Zinfandel from the century-old vines of the Heritage Blocks, and single varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lasseter Family Winery Amoureux Malbec wine.
Amoureux Malbec. Photo Courtesy: Lasseter Family Winery.

Produced in small quantities, all are organically farmed in estate vineyards. 

The current releases include three bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc. The 2020 Zut Alors features estate grown Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon in a bright, crisp style. The 2020 Voilà is a richer style, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc with Semillon.

Trinity Ridge Vineyard on Moon Mountain is the source of the 2020 Trinity Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.

The 2022 Enjoué Is a dry rosé of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre offering notes of strawberry, ruby grapefruit, and mango. It is a ‘true’ rosé made from grapes grown specifically for rosé, rather than a saigneé from grapes intended for red wine.

Red wines include the 2018 Chemin de Fer, a blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah. The 2019 Dentelle de Fer, composed of the same grapes, features a “silky texture infused with bold tastes of strawberries and chocolate on the mid palate.”

Lasseter Family Winery salon tasting.
Salon tasting. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

The 2016 Reminiscence is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged 18 months in French oak.

The 2020 L’Ame du Sage is century-old Zinfandel in a field blend from the winery’s Heritage Blocks. The fruit from the ancient, low yielding vines created a classically structured wine, “with luscious raspberry and blackberry flavors entwined with black pepper and spice.”

2018 Trinity Ridge Syrah is “reminiscent of the best wines of the northern Rhone Valley.”

The 2017 Trinity Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

View of Sonoma Valley from Trinity Ridge Estate Vineyard.
View of Sonoma Valley from Trinity Ridge Estate Vineyard. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

57 planted acres include Justi Creek Vineyards, three adjacent parcels of land, with a variety of vineyard blocks. Each block, with its own unique soil and climate, is planted with grapes carefully selected for optimum quality.

The Upper Bench Blocks above the valley floor, are planted with red Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec.

The Heritage Blocks, ten acres just west of the winery, include a century-old Zinfandel block along with plantings of red Rhône varietals Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. On the valley floor, the Creekside Blocks are planted with Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre.

Lasseter Family Winery food and wine pairing.
Food and wine pairing. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

The winery’s single varietal wines are produced from Trinity Ridge Vineyard’s nine planted acres at the heigh of elevation in the Moon Mountain District.

Vineyard manager, Phil Coturri, is committed to biodynamic and organic winegrowing. With his staff, he employs advanced irrigation and pest control techniques, using cover crops, and maintaining natural habitats. 

Trinity Ridge Estate Vineyard, Moon Mountain District.
Trinity Ridge Estate Vineyard, Moon Mountain District. Photo Courtesy: Michael Housewright.

Visitors to Lasseter Family Winery will not only enjoy superb wines, but they will also have an opportunity to experience the hospitality and commitment to their land that is so important to the family.

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