VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
La Fenêtre Wines
The founder and winemaker is Joshua Klapper who developed a love for the Santa Barbara wine country after repeated trips to the region. He developed an interest in wine as a server at noted restaurants such as Café Boulud and DB Distro Moderne in New York and most recently, Sona in Los Angeles. He quickly became the Wine Director at Sona.
Joshua worked harvests in 2006, 2007 and 2008 at Qupé and Au Bon Climat wineries He made his first Timeless Palate wines, including Pinot Noir, from the 2004 vintage while mentoring under Jim Clendenen, Bob Lindquist and Jim Adelman. In 2008, he assumed all of the winemaking duties for his label.
His Pinot Noir sources are impressive and include Bien Nacido Vineyard, Cargasacchi Jalama Vineyard, Cedar Lane Vineyard, Le Bon Climat Vineyard, Los Alamos Vineyard and Sierra Madre Vineyard. A Chardonnay, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Savignon round out the lineup.
The wines are available in fine restaurants and retailers and through a mailing list.
Articles About La Fenêtre Wines
2010 La Fenêtre Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 375 cases, $49. Backbone is from G block, one of the own-rooted sections of the vineyard planted in 1973. The remainder is a mix of clone 115 and 777 from N and Q blocks. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Medium reddishpurple color in the glass. Hi-tone aromas of fresh cherries and dried rose petals. Very soft and seamless on the palate, with a flavorful core of black cherries and spice. Very good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 La Fenêtre Presqu’ile Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.7% alc., 350 cases, $49. Vineyard planted in the late 1990s when it was called Addamo. All clone 777. 30% whole cluster. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherries, briar and oak. A brooding wine with discreetly concentrated flavors of dark cherries and berries with a juicy, uplifting finish. Good. Reviewed April 13, 2013 ARTICLE »
2007 La Fenetre Le Bon Climat Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., 115 cases. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Well-oaked, shy berry fruit on the nose. A lighter-weight wine with some charming berry fruit. The tannins are reigned in and the wine is easy to drink. Not a revelation, but Good. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 La Fenêtre À Côté Central Coast Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., $20. · Relatively light garnet color in the glass. A woodsy, slightly funky nose with hints of oak and bay leaf. A simple, lighter-styled wine featuring redder cherry and berry fruits with a cherry candy and slight green note in the background. Soft tannins make for easy drinkability. This wine can fill in at the dinner table with its brisk acidity. Decent. Reviewed July 15, 2010 ARTICLE »
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