Like all good rich guys in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Lasseter, of Pixar fame, has a winery of his own. Mind you, he’s no Johnny come lately to the wine biz. Lasseter has lived in Sonoma for 20 years, and he bought his first winery/vineyard property in 2002. Now, three generations of Lasseters work to produce the company’s wines, inspired by the “old world” wines of France.
Paysage is Lasseter’s rendition of a St. Emilion style Bordeaux, and the 2009 is made from 42% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
The nose offers traditional plum notes backed with spices, especially mint. The body is thick and intense, with extracted blackcurrant notes. The mint makes a comeback here, along with some tannic, woody notes on the finish. I don’t get a great feeling of integration in the end, though some years in bottle may help to bring the pieces together.
350 cases made.
B+ / $40 / lasseterfamilywinery.com