2014: the La Tâche. This one is for you lovers of the refined, feminine style of Pinot Noir. La Tâche grown at this cool-climate site in the Petaluma Gap is light garnet in color, with brilliant clarity. Hand punch downs, a long fermentation, and ageing in neutral oak help to achieve a delicacy and balance. The nose is subtle with potpourri: dried rose petals, violets, cinnamon bark–and sweet red berry and pepper notes underneath. Strawberry and rhubarb flavors intermingle with a touch of mocha, and a fresh, lifted finish leaves you wanting more. Here’s a perfect wine to sip before dinner: it’s like a quiet storm in your glass. Cellar for 5+ years, or allow to breathe at least 20 minutes.
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2014 La Tâche Clone Pinot Noir