A long way from his roots as a third-generation Virginia tobacco farmer, Ken Laird has earned a unique distinction; he and his family are now the largest private landowners in Napa Valley with more than 2,000 acres to their name. Their first acquisition in 1970 was sparked by a field walk with none other than Robert Mondavi, and the Lairds entered the vineyard business in partnership with the venerable Oakville winery. After 30 years of steady growth (along with a few gambles on unproven sub-regions), they established a winery in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District. With quality fruit sources all buttoned up, and an equally impressive winery built, they brought on the talents of consulting winemaker Paul Hobbs who has established an awesome track record of consistency and quality. This is Laird’s fourth and stellar release of “Phantom Ranch,” a Pinot from the cool vineyards of Napa Valley’s most southerly region, the Carneros appellation. And what ideal conditions they are for Pinot Noir – cool breezes, rolling hills and an extended growing season... jackpot! Laird has turned out a deeply fragrant wine that’s lively in the mouth. Talk about a can’t-miss combination of exceptional fruit and winemaking prowess.