Wednesday, June 25, 2014

LaRochelle Pinot Noir A Diamond In The Rough

*Samples Received*

I'm very lucky to have received tonight's pinot noir samples but more importantly I owe a huge thank you to Stacey and Tracey for introducing me a couple years ago to LaRochelle Wines

The first wine this evening is the 2010 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Block A Santa Lucia Highland Pinot Noir. The hillside growing area spans 18 northwest to southeast in Monterey County. The climate is perfect with the cool pacific breeze complimenting the warm sun light. Sleepy Hollow is more northerly located of the vineyards approximately 448 feet above sea level and was planted more than 30 years ago. Consistent beautiful fruit has been produced from this vineyard for many years.

The nose is so beautiful with cherry and raspberry fruit so bright and ripe. Pine needles with a nice hint of earthy mushroom followed by a blast of cola, molasses and toasty oak. Elegant yet sophisticated.

The mouth continues the ripe fruit notes of cherry and cranberry. Wonderful earthy character followed by cola and barrel spice. Silky smooth with a lingering long finish. Tom you nailed this wine. Bravo!.

Second Pinot of the evening the 2010 Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley LaRochelle Pinot Noir. A perfect climate for growing pinot grapes and a winemakers dream to work with such rich elegant fruit.

The nose is full of ripe cherry, red currant and cinnamon. Swirl more and cranberry, red raspberry with hints of wild roses. Excellent bouquet.

Wonderful mouth feel with cherry, raspberry and very juicy. A hint of pomegranate, tart cranberry, dried herbs and red currant spice. The finish lingers long and my glass begs for more. Another beautiful pinot Tom!

Winemaker Tom Stutz meticulously handles the grapes to deliver a consistent quality wine which expresses the character and flavor of the vineyard. I believe he has perfected his craft! I taste the vineyard in each glass.

I encourage you to stop by for a visit. Here is link to the events  coming up at the winery. Check them out you won't be disappointed.


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