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2009 La Rochelle Pinot Noir "Santa Lucia Highlands"

La Rochelle 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Winery: La Rochelle

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Santa Lucia Highlands"

Wine Category: Pinot Noir

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Lucia Highlands

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: 381

KWG Score: 93 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: July 21, 2013

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Pinot Noir from La Rochelle is really good and was loved by everyone that tried it. It opens with a pleasant blueberry and acai berry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, nicely balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a pleasant and very enjoyable blueberry jam with notes of plum, spice, gentle minerality, and light oak. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time after the wine is gone. This tasty wine would pair well with many foods. We enjoyed it on its own. Cheers - Ken

Winemaker Notes: From our vantage point, 2009 is similar to 2007 in the opulence of fruit, youthful accessibility and the ability to gracefully age. One of our largest blends (381 cases produced in this vintage), the La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands wonderfully symbolizes our goal of creating wines of complexity and balance; wines that reflect a winemaking philosophy and the region that produces the fruit that goes into it. In the dark cherry and raspberry fruit notes, the subtle aromas of soy and forest floor, Sarmento and Tondre Grapefield are revealed. In the wine’s red cherry entry and persistent finishing acidity, Paraiso Vineyard and White Sage are evident. From the intensity of the wine at entry through the silkiness of its mid-palate to its broad and balanced tannins on the long finish, the 2009 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands shows its world-class pedigree. This wine will age effortlessly for 5-7 years if stored correctly.

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