La Rochelle Pinot Noir Paraiso Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 2007
The Paraiso Vineyard, planted in the southern (and warmer) end of the Santa Lucia Highlands in 1973, has consistently produced wine with black fruit aromatics, wonderful power and finesse. Situated at more than 500 feet above sea level, this site receives plenty of sunshine during the day before cool ocean breezes drop temperatures later in the day. Following a nose of black cherry, pomegranate, and wood dusted with spice, the vineyard’s typical red cherry flavors, cola nut, and orange oil notes are obvious in the mouth. This vintage has a gorgeous foundation of mouth-watering acidity and balancing tannin; its fruit is significantly rich on entry and viscous in the mid-palate. In the mouth, the flavors of cola nut, orange oil and raspberry are there immediately but become even more defined with time. This wine will be a wonderful accompaniment to salmon, duck, and other fowl. It is drinking beautifully now, but could age for another five years.
Three and a half glasses
Impressive Pinot Noir! Quite a lot of bang for your buck. I am not an incredible taster, but this is clearly a well rounded, powerful wine. Rich and flavorful without being harsh. Fantastic with red sauce, as it makes the whole meal better. Leaves you wanting more even after the bottle is gone! I guess next time I will buy 4 bottles. :)