2014 North Coast Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
About this wine
This offering is the culmination of years exploring vineyards in the outer reaches of California’s North Coast wine region. La Follette’s winemaking techniques capture the essence of the Pinot Noir grown here: acidity that bolsters vibrant red fruit notes of cherry, hibiscus and red currant. Our North Coast Pinot Noir offers great persistence on the palate while preserving the delicate nature of the variety.
Like all La Follette offerings, the North Coast Pinot Noir is a wine begun in the vineyard. Sites are selected for what they can contribute to the overall blend. 2014, a warm, dry growing season hastened the onset of harvest; picking for this wine began in the third week of August. At the heart of the blend is Pinot Noir grown in the Petaluma Gap located in the Sonoma Coast AVA, where cooling wind and fog from the Pacific is drawn inland. Grapes from two family-owned, organically-farmed vineyards in Mendocino County round out the wine with the depth of flavor and aromatic complexity that old vines can yield.
An exuberant bouquet of cherry, berry and cinnamon bark with a touch of forest earthiness. A silky entry offers a wild strawberry note and leads to fresh acidity. Fine grain tannins lend subtle structure to the palate. Juicy berry and brown spice re-emerge in the mouthwatering finish. Overall, a complete and palate-pleasing rendition of coastal Pinot Noir.
100% Pinot Noir
Alc. 13.8% | pH 3.53 | TA 0.62 g/100mL