As a wine reviewer, each week brings new opportunities to taste, review and recommend both new and contemporary wines. This past week brought a bonus from Laetitia Vineyard and Winery.
We are in the process of tasting and writing up reviews on the 2012 Laetitia Pinot Noir (Whole Cluster). This Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir (harvested in September 2012) looks to be a nice example of the wonderful 2012 California season. As most know, 2011 was a very tough year for California growers. Weather and water conditions did little to favor good vineyard growth and many of the California vineyards had significant struggles in getting quality wines to the market.
As is known, while the production numbers in California were down in 2011, what was really lowered was the quality of good wines from even the best of the California growers. 2012 changed that significantly. Throughout the state the crops resulted in good to excellent opportunities for winemakers to create some outstanding wines. Many did, and the 2012 year is talked about as a premiere year to compare other good years too.
The 2012 Whole Cluster Pinot Noir is a VERY limited production run. Laetitia produced only 420 cases of this wine, so it’s important, if you want to try it, to search it out and get your early.
The second wine to be reviewed in this shipment will be the 2012 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir. For Laetitia, the production of the 2012 allowed for over 27,000 cases to be offered for use. Once again, with the excellent 2012 growing season, Laetitia was able to produce a Pinot which has nice reviews.
Laetitia is located in the Arroyo Grande Valley, a subset of the San Luis Obispo wine growing area. The property is open to coastal breezes, with later day warmth coming from the warmer interior regions of the SLO area. As a result, Laetitia is able to produce quality wines from their vineyards.
In the next articles, we will review both of the Pinot Noirs based upon our tastings.
Have a winederful day!