Jun 172014
La Rochelle Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2011, Morelli Lane Vineyard, Russian River Valley, CA, $65 (S) – Rating 91

A complex CharLa Rochelle Chardonnay Dutton Ranch 2011donnay offering both a lush mouth-feel and crisp food pairing acidity. Gentle aromas of red delicious apple, ripe pineapple and vanilla give way to flavors of red apple, pineapple and pear with hints of citrus, baking spice and creme brulee. A pleasant touch on Meyer lemon in the finish. Buy This Wine


Nov 172013
2010 La Rochelle Winery Deer Meadows Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, CA, $75 (S) – Rating 92

Limited production at under 120 cases, only 5 barrels. Get it while you can. A leaner style of Pinot Noir with a sense of clean, juicy food-pairing acidity offering enticing aromas of red fruit, strawberry nicely integrated with baking spice. Complex on the palate with flavors of red cherry, plum and blueberry with touch of terroir driven earthiness. Notes of white pepper in the long finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 182013
2012 La Rochelle McIntyre Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 89

A well rounded dry Pinot Noir rosé offering a crisp nose of strawberry, cranberry and just a hint of rhubarb. The lighter salmon color is reminiscent of the rosés of Provence.  Lively flavors greet the palate with red cherry, strawberry and cranberry with floral notes of rose petal in the finish. Perfect acidity for pairing with lighter summer meals. Buy This Wine

Mar 202013
2009 La Rochelle Donum Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir , Carneros, Sonoma County, CA, $75 (S) – Rating 94

Very limited production – 115 cases… Buy Now! 100% Donum clone Pinot Noir. A big Pinot with full on aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and spice with just a hint of campfire smoke. The wine itself is complex on the palate with bright cherry flavors complimented by dark cherry and ripe raspberry with just a hint of Dr. Pepper in the finish. Plenty of acidity combined with well integrated tannins adds to the experience and aging potential. A superior Carneros Pinot. Buy This Wine