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Nancy and John Lasseter fell in love with wine together, and when they moved to the Sonoma Valley in 1993, they discovered the art of winemaking through vintner friends. In time, their passion evolved from appreciation to a full immersion in the winemaking process.

When they discovered a historic winery and vineyard for sale in Glen Ellen, an early enclave for French winemakers in the late 1800’s, they knew they had found a home where they could fulfill their dream of having a winery of their own. Since then, they have restored and reimagined the vineyards, nurturing a vibrant ecosystem in partnership with birds, bees, and flora.  At the heart of the serene property, they have built an environmentally sensitive production facility that respects the small footprint of the original winery.

Travels through the winegrowing regions of France inspired a love of Southern Rhône and Bordeaux wines, and the art of blending, which was the original template for Lasseter wines. As our vineyards have shown us the range of expression possible from their unique and varied terroir, our wines have evolved to a true expression of time and place. In addition to wine, we offer Lasseter Family Heirloom Farms herbs and honey, which are grown and produced on property.

VINEYARDS

Justi Creek Vineyards

Site of our “home” vineyard and winery just outside the town of Glen Ellen

Trinity Ridge

Nine acres of rugged, volcanic, high-elevation terroir in the Moon Mountain District

Los Guilicos

Our dedicated site for stunning Sauvignon Blanc, just north of the winery

Our estates are alive with stories of these special sites: Rhône and Bordeaux varieties lead the way at Justi Creek Vineyards. Our Heritage Blocks speak to the Italian origins of winemaking in this area, offering century-old Zinfandel in a field blend with rare varieties. High-elevation Trinity Ridge Vineyard in the Moon Mountain District, produces striking single-varietal wines. Los Guilicos Vineyard offers stunning Sauvignon Blanc. 

Our heritage sites have been carefully restored and our newer vineyards meticulously developed with a rich selection of clones within each variety, tailored to their varied microclimates, soils, and exposures. We farm organically and are deeply committed to water conservation and reclamation.

Winemaking

The Lasseters feel that serendipity led them to Glen Ellen, an early enclave for French winemakers, and to this historic property, founded by a French winemaker in 1894. That heritage meshed perfectly with their love of French wines, and they designed the winery as a modern homage, a state of the art facility that maintains a subtle low profile within the surrounding natural environment.

We hand harvest at night and early morning in small bins, to ensure ideal ripening throughout our varied microclimates. Rosé is produced from dedicated Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre vines that are ripened for optimal Rosé aromatics, flavor, and brightness, rather than through the saigneé method using grapes ripened for red wine production.

In the cellar, decisions are influenced by what nature tells us for the vintage: we may ferment certain blocks, clones, or varieties separately, while co-fermenting others. Some lots will be de-stemmed, some fermented whole-cluster. For aging, we choose among steel and concrete tanks, French oak barrels, and oval oak “eggs,” to create the “backbone” and “spice box” lots that will complement one another for a finished wine that best showcases the varietal or blend.

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DANIELLE LANGLOIS

DANIELLE LANGLOIS

WINEMAKER

JOHN & NANCY LASSETER

JOHN & NANCY LASSETER

PROPRIETORS

PHIL COTURRI

PHIL COTURRI

VINEYARD MANAGER / ENTERPRISE VINEYARD MANAGEMENT

TONY BIAGI

TONY BIAGI

CONSULTING WINEMAKER

Jenifer Freebairn

Jenifer Freebairn

VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & SALES

          BECKY ROSS

BECKY ROSS

GENERAL MANAGER & CFO

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Hospitality

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Marketing & Sales

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