65 cases produced / 13.3 ABV
Old Road #3 Vineyard, Petaluma Gap/Sonoma Coast
The 2016 La Tâche has a textbook rose and wild strawberry nose, a silky texture, and high-toned mouthwatering fruit. It’s clean and pretty. When I sipped it recently, I was reminded of all the plums. Let me explain: fresh red plums, soft dried prune plums (or French plums, if you want to be fancy), and salty pickled plums. There is a freshness up front, then a more plush and developed character comes in mid-palate, ending with a hit of salinity. As you sit with the wine, it will offer up many more flavors and smells, some hard to put your finger on – forest floor? potting soil? – or define – what flower? – and I am fine with that. Season 3 of Ozark, anyone? For dinner, I would pair it with a wild mushroom risotto or pasta primavera. Drink now through 2022.