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2010 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard-Block A-Santa Lucia Highlands, La Rochelle Pinot Noir


2010 Sleepy Hollow Vineyard-Block A-Santa Lucia Highlands, La Rochelle Pinot Noir: We enjoyed this wine back in February 4, 2014 at The Santa Lucia Highlands Wine Artisans trade tasting in Fort Mason, San Francisco. We had the opportunity to revisit this wine, when it arrived as a sample bottle.

Great dark ripe fruit aromatics, like cherry, blackberry; followed by dark molasses, dry mushrooms and hints of toasty wood. On the palate, you enjoy the dark berry flavor along brown spices and earthy notes. Great silky mid-palate transitioning to distinguishable tannins. This wine will be an excellent match with your favorite pork dish, smoked duck, roasted chicken drizzled with wild mushroom sauce or your favorite charcuterie and cheese plate.

La Rochelle acquires fruit from California's most renowned Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards and craft limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay true to their terroir. They have been sourcing fruit from Sleepy Hollow Vineyard since 2003. The 2010 vintage is a mix of two clones from block A, 77% Heritage Martini clone and 23% 113 Dijon. This blend of clones had been consistent from vintage to vintage, as they like the contrast between bright fruit, tannin, earth and ripe dark fruit flavors.

Technical Data:

  • Fruit: 100% Pinot Noir, a blend of Matini and 113 Dijon clones. Brix at harvest 24.2°. Alcohol is 14.6.%
  • Fermentation: after destemming and crushing the two clones were fermented separately in open-topped fermenters. A four day cold-soaking period was followed by primary fermentation. Fermentation and Maceration lasted about three weeks. Malolactic fermentation was induced in barrel.
  • Time on Barrel: 26 months
  • Production: 291 cases