La Follette 2011 Pinot Noir, Van Der Kamp Vyd., Sonoma Mnt.
Greg La Follette's winemaking roots go back to leaving UC Davis for Beaulieu Vineyards, where he was the research viticulturist /enologist for famed master winemaker André Tchelistcheff.
Now many years later with his own winery he focuses on very limited production Pinot Noir. Less that 700 cases were produced of this single vineyard Pinot Noir. A mix of select clones including Dijon 777, 828, Swan, La Tache and Old Vine Heritage clone were sourced from the Van Der Kamp Vineyard. Fermented in open-top fermentors with native yeasts. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Wine & Spirits scored it 94 oints saying
"The Van der Kamp family farms their orchard and garden organically, as they do this north-facing vineyard 1,400 feet up Sonoma Mountain. The family first planted vines on the flank of this extinct volcano in the early 1960s. Some of those original vines are still in the ground, and contributed to this wine, though most of it comes from plantings that are 10 to 15 years old. As fragrant as an herbal tea with rose petals, this feels spare at first, taking time to emerge into a pinot noir with pointed flavors of rhubarb and pink grapefruit. It’s wild and energetic, as brisk as the winds that whip across the crest of the mountain. If you want to drink it now, decant it for a whole roast fish. Best Buy"