Laetitia Winery Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Block Q 2011
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.
Pleasant and aromic with cherry flavors. Velvety. Would be terrific with lamb.
I am giving this 4.5 stars because it is difficult to find a good Pinot in the $20 range. Full bodied, jammy, floral aroma, peppery / oakey flavor make this a fairly complex Pinot. I tend to like my Pinot Noir on the full bodied end of the spectrum. This may be a little much for those who like a light more nuanced Pinot. Goes great with meat and even holds \up to fairly potent cheese.
Rich Pinot quality. A real find
My rating is for Pinot's under $30. A smokey plum, slight earthy whiff, along with with a slightly dangerous acidity...puts it close to the pure Burgundian model. Lots happening here...lots of complexity for a pinot in this price range.
Three and a half glasses
A clear, ruby colored wine of medium(-) intensity withe legs. It has an unclean developing nose of Brettanomyces over red apple and red currant. It is a dry wine of medium acidity, medium tannins, medium alcohol and medium(-) body. It has flavors of red apple, red currant and cinnamon with a medium finish. This is an acceptable, mid-priced wine that is ready to drink now but will not improve.
External Reviews for Laetitia Winery Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley Estate Block Q
Beginning his hands-on training in the cellar at the tender age of 16, Eric Hickey has lived and breathed Laetitia all the way to the top, where he is now the Head Winemaker and the winery's President.
Tough and weedy, this is Laetitiarsquo;s least Pinot Noir, although it does show fine Central Coast firmness and dryness. Satisfies for its cherry and licorice flavors, enhanced with smoky sandalwood. Drink now.
Herersquo;s a Pinot that delivers plenty of upfront cherry fruit to the palate, but maintains a dignified elegance and lightness of body. The fruit flavors are complexed by oak, while high acidity adds a clean minerality. Finishes with a real stamp of quality.
Elegant and complex, a perfect blending of dark fruit notes with lighter elements of violets and herbs. There are many layers here, as there should be in a Pinot Noir of this caliber. Lots of good things going on mdash; perfect balance, lush fruit and a long spicy finish mdash; all the marks of a well-made wine.
Tasting Notes - Dark mulberry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plum, this wine is rich and medium-bodied. Youthful flavors of pomegrante, sandalwood and red cherries are married beautifully with earthy cola and smoke.
Soft and heavy and very ripe, with jammy blackberry, cherry, raspberry, plum and cola flavors. New oak adds sweet, smoky barrel notes. Almost Rhocirc;ne-like in weight, it should knit together and become more elegant in a year or two.