La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard 2008

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The bouquet is an olfactory feast of ginger, clove, creme brulee, yellow nectarine and toasted coconut with a drizzle or caramel. The entry, marked by lively acidity, leads to a silky palate of smooth tannins and tremendous depth of flavor. While this bottling has a stronger malolactic signature than our other two Chardonnays, it also benefits from a tension between the fruit, richness, and acid. This wine finishes long with a firm minerality and continues to develop complexity with aeration.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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La Follette Wines:
La Follette is a small Sonoma County winery focused on crafting small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and Mendocino Ridge appellations. Launched in 2010, La Follette is a new winery from esteemed California winemaker Greg La Follette in partnership with owners Pete and Terri Kight. Uniquely gifted as both a winemaker and... Read more
La Follette is a small Sonoma County winery focused on crafting small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and Mendocino Ridge appellations. Launched in 2010, La Follette is a new winery from esteemed California winemaker Greg La Follette in partnership with owners Pete and Terri Kight. Uniquely gifted as both a winemaker and viticulturist, Greg La Follette is one of the country’s leading authorities on Pinot Noir. Frequently espousing age-old Burgundian practices not commonly used in this country, Greg has built his career crafting rich and elegant wines that speak of a distinct sense of place. Greg studied at UC Davis, gained valuable training at Beaulieu Vineyard as a research viticulturalist/enologist under wine master André Tchelistcheff, consulted at Kendall-Jackson where he provided guidance on the improvements in vine and wine quality and launched Flower’s successful Pinot Noir program as winemaker and general manager. Today, turning his focus to La Follette, Greg is able to practice his unique style of “on the edge” winemaking – taking risks he believes are necessary to make truly extraordinary wine. Read less

Member Reviews for La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard

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Snooth User: Philip James
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4.50 5
03/19/2011

2008: Beautiful rich, sweet and oaky nose. Very concentrated. Smooth with medium acidity. Lots of spice. Vanilla dominates. Gooseberry, peaches, papaya and guava flavors as well. Nice.


External Reviews for La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard

07/05/2011

"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. We have tasted this wine three times and finally think we have a handle on it. This is not an ordinary Chardonnay. Its first aromas are wholly off-putting to the point that they smell of skunk and animal compounds at the zoo. But surprisingly


11/12/2010

Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. We have tasted this wine three times and finally think we have a handle on it. This is not an ordinary Chardonnay. Its first aromas are wholly off-putting to the point that they smell of skunk and animal compounds at the zoo. But surprisingly, this feral quality is exactly what the winemaker claims he is trying to capture, and no doubt he has. The story does not end there, however, because the underlying fruit, oak and balance here all add up to very grand wine if left on their own. Veal piccata or a blackened salmon filet would work well here now and over the next several years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.



Tasting Notes:

This wine shows delicate floral aromas juxtaposed with more sauvage, visceral components. Pungent white freesia, vanilla bean, Asian pear and a touch of anise spice and musk aromatics, with a smooth entry and a rich, textured mouthfeel. With time in the glass, notes of caramel, fried plantain, narcissus and the pleasing fruitiness of the Old Wente clone emerge, though the acids persist long into the finish.

The bouquet is an olfactory feast of ginger, clove, creme brulee, yellow nectarine and toasted coconut with a drizzle or caramel. The entry, marked by lively acidity, leads to a silky palate of smooth tannins and tremendous depth of flavor. While this bottling has a stronger malolactic signature than our other two Chardonnays, it also benefits from a tension between the fruit, richness, and acid. This wine finishes long with a firm minerality and continues to develop complexity with aeration.

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100 cases produced.

Notes: Native yeast in French oak barrels


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