La Rochelle Pinot Noir 2005
Vineyard Notes: La Rochelle is a small, artisanal winery focused exclusively on the making of hand-crafted, world-class Pinot Noir from only the finest vineyard sites in California and Oregon. The San Vicente Vineyard, located in Soledad (a long tunnel south of the prison), provides the fruit for this Monterey release. This vintage is the first to be made in our Livermore location, and as with all of our other Pinots, the exceptional quality and elegance of 2005 show through. Winemaker Tasting Notes: Replete with the exotic aromas of five-spice powder and bright cherry fruit, this release has a beautiful, supple mouthfeel, and good integration of fruit and barrel influences. As we aim for balance in our wines, we make sure that wines as rich and round as this have significant acidity to heighten flavor and persist on the finish. Acidity is also one of the key components for aging Pinot Noir, and this wine should evolve well over the next five to seven years. Technical Notes: Appellation: Montery Cooperage : 40% new French oak Aging: 14 months in barrels Case made: 180 Consume: 2007 - 2014 Return to La Rochelle Winery Wine List
I thought this was an excellent choice for around $20. Beautiful, bright ruby color. Aromas of cherry and spice. Flavors of cherry, pepper, and allspice with a spicy finish. Nicely made, with great acidity at the core.
External Reviews for La Rochelle Pinot Noir
Classic Pinot aromas of strawberries, wildflowers and earth welcome you in this pure fruit style, pretty-in-the-glass Pinot Noir. It’s nice to enjoy a Pinot that is not overly extracted or picked so ripe that it falls off the Pinot bus and ends up in the supercharged Syrah SUV, with its price tag heading straight for the century mark. Instead, this hearkens back to when Pinot was, well, Pinot. This is the entry-level La Rochelle Pinot offering, made from fruit from some of the Mirassou family vineyards in Monterey county. Steven Mirassou and winemaker Tom Stutz are re-inventing the La Rochelle brand to focus on small lots of very meticulously crafted Pinots from the finest vineyards on the west coast. While we patiently await all those vineyard designate gems, we can drink this supple beauty, and enjoy it for what it is: a juicy, lithe and versatile wine with just the right amount of acid, a harmonious balance between bright red fruits, hints of baking spices and pleasant herbal notes. A sparing touch of wood from 40% new French oak adds a kiss of caramel and a delightful finish. All in all, a fine wine and a fine value. And it smells and tastes like Pinot.(Alc: 13.7, Retail: $20)