Laetitia Winery Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Block Q 2005
The Wine - Screwcaps?! Anyone following my blog entries in this latter part of 2007 knows that screwcaps serve an important role in avoidign tainted corks. Finding another premium wine finished in screwcap is a non-event. Many premium producers, including a majority of New Zealands premium pinot noir producers, have made the screwcap their closure of choice. And now the new book by George M. Taber, To Cork or Not to Cork, uncovers the cork producers woeful negligence and deception that exacerbated the decline and fall of the cork as a suitable wine closure. Personally, I love the sound of the cork being removed from a bottle. But the problems caused by one's lack of a corkscrew can range from minor inconvenience to dire emergency. So yes, there is a time and a place for screwcaps! Growing and Vinifying 2005 was a good year for Central Coast Pinot - temperatures were even and the fruit ripened slowly and came in at textbook numbers. Winemaker Rob Randrup got these particular grapes from very specific rows in Arroyo Grande's Laetitia Vineyard, known for their diverse pinot clones and for farming Biodynamically. This is a wine worth well more than its modest price. An intense, age-worthy wine better enjoyed once decanted for a few hours. Only 60 cases produced.
At Laetitia, we are passionate about producing premium estate wines that showcase the distinctive qualities of the Arroyo Grande Valley. Located in Southern San Luis Obispo County, our coastal property overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Originally known for Methodé Champenoise sparkling wines, Laetitia continues to produce seven unique Sparkling Wines. Currently, we are just as well known for our handcrafted Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and more.