Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: La Follette Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Though a young label, this is one sample shipment I look forward to - I've already grown giddy at its arrival.  This year we got the Sangiacamo Chardonnay in place of the Pinot from the same vineyard - and damn happy to have.  This is one of only a handful of times that a white commanded more attention (was drained faster) than a red of equivalent caliber.  That's compelling.

Word is that these wines are being introduced into some markets on a limited allocation basis - at first only in restaurants.  As evidence of that, I found the Pinot on a by the glass list for $8 a glass - a serious bargain.

2009 La Follette Chardonnay Sangiacamo Vineyard $30
High class.  Full stop.  Golden color, alluring, rich nose, and the fulfilling refinement that only the very best California Chardonnay can deliver.  Hits all the pleasure points - visceral and intellectual.  Pricey, but worth it.  Bravo.



2009 La Follette Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast $30
Maybe not quite the benchmark-setting wine the 2008 was, but a straight-ahead, darn enjoyable Pinot.  Faithful to its Sonoma Coast profile and loaded with fun-loving character.  Smooth as a tax refund.

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