Recently we commented on a new shipment of Laetitia Pinot Noirs from the Arroyo Grande Valley. In the article we indicated that the shipment consisted of the Laetitia Estate 2012 Pinot Noir and the 2012 Laetitia Whole Cluster Pinot Noir.
Laetitia’s winemaker, Eric Hickey, takes great pride in the wines produced at Laetitia. As he says our “Estate (wine) is a guarantee of the highest level of quality. We demand the best; that’s why we grow our own fruit and control quality at every step of the way. There is no doubt that the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley is true to the promise.
The pleasure of tasting the Estate 2012 Pinot began initially on the nose. Plums, blackberries and a hint of floral overtones started the process, followed by a trace of earth. Overall, the nose of the wine created a desire to get into the actual sipping.
On the palate, the Pinot was characterized by a front of dark chocolate. Combined with the beckoning initial nose, the wine seductively invites you to slowly enjoy.
The 2012 originates from the coastal terraces only three miles from the Pacific seacoast. Far enough inland to get wonderful sun and near perfect growing temperatures during the midday, it is close enough to the sea to be affected by the daily marine climate. In wine geographic parlance, the Arroyo Grande valley is considered to be a Maritime climate (Region 1. Although blessed consistently with sun, the area is controlled by the proximity to the ocean.
With a vineyard elevation of 250 to 750 feet, the vines are located in rocky clay loams with residual oceanic particles from past bottom uprisings which occurred millenniums ago. The soil is particularly suited for the berry clones incorporated in the vineyards and the final product reflects the optimal joining of the soil and the vines used.
The growing season for the 2012 harvest was from March to October. While the season was not as prolific as some other venues, Laetitia was blessed by all the components needed for a large and successful harvest of the vines.
After harvest, the Estate grown berries were barrel aged for 11 months. Barreling was done in 100% French Oak barrels. The 225l barrels were constructed of 20% new oak and 70% neutral oak. The final result produced a Pinot Noir which is smooth to drink, easy on the nose and pleasant on the palate.
The 2012 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir from Arroyo Grande Valley is one that can be appreciated immediately, but should improve with two to three years of proper cellar storage.
Seek out the Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir and enjoy!
Have a winederful day!