2013 Laetitia Single Vineyard La Colline Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.61, 205 cases, $60. Sourced from original plantings located in low yielding blocks in the heart of the Laetitia Estate Vineyard. Only produced in exceptional vintages. Harvested in late August at 24.9ยบ Brix. Martini clone 13.4-day cold soak, whole berry fermented in small open top fermenters with the addition of RC 212 yeast. After 6 days of fermentation, the wine was gently pressed and racked into 100% French oak barrels, 30% new, where it was aged for 12 months. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Highly aromatic, drawing the nose to wondrous aromas of strawberry, cherry, spice and a hint of smoky oak. Very charming, with a mid weight core of delicious red fruits framed by suave tannins. Impressive elegance and class, with the ripe red fruits holding court through a finishes that lingers for what seems like a minute. Score: 94. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
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