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La Follette Wines

Healdsburg, CA United States

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  • 2021 La Follette Sun Chase Pinot Noir
    Sonoma Coast
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    An immediately dramatic site atop the western face of Sonoma Mountain, Sun Chase vineyard yields a compelling and distinctive wine, embracing both its mountain location and the cooling effects of the Petaluma Wind Gap. Two clones are married here, Dijon 114 and Dijon 777. The 114 always ripens first, lending vibrancy and amazing red fruit aromatics. The 777 is darker and more brooding, nicely complementing the 114 in both fleshing out the mid-palate and extending the finish. This wine has concentration without being heavy and the structure to improve over several more years of aging.
    Suggested Retail Price: $65
  • 2021 La Follette Heintz Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Russian River Valley
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    From a vineyard just outside the West Sonoma County town of Occidental, and considered a Grand Cru for Chardonnay, comes this unique wine crafted from Swan selection cuttings planted back in 2000. Located in an isolated block in the coldest part of the estate, and on the locally favored Goldridge soil type, this wine exhibits bright cherry fruit alongside savory notes of baking spice and forest floor. Ample natural acidity keeps things refreshing and ensures age-worthiness. LaFollette is the sole recipient of this Swan selection block from Heintz Ranch. Farmed by 3rd generation grower Charlie Heintz and family.
    Suggested Retail Price: $65
  • 2020 La Follette Los Primeros Pinot Noir
    Russian River Vallely
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    Los Primeros - meaning - "the first" - honors the early winegrowing pioneers in California who planted vines along the coast. Today, those same areas, inland from the Pacific Ocean, produce California's most sought after Pinot Noir grapes. 100% Sonoma County. For our 2020 Los Primeros Pinot Noir we blend both declassified barrels from some of our top single vineyard wines along with contracted sources picked by the winemaking team for specific aroma and flavor profiles. Layered into this are blending components from a handful of truly elite Sonoma Coast producers. Beautiful garnet color and day bright, the wine is light enough to read through, but has a hint of a dark center which preludes what is to come on the nose/palate. The nose jumps out of the glass with bitter chocolate covered cherries, red apple skin, charcuterie, fresh cut cremini mushrooms and fall leaves after a rainstorm. Classic medium bodied Pinot Noir, the palate has brighter red cherry flavors and a touch of leather but confirms the complex nose above that is set on a pedestal of medium tannins which beg for something to eat.
    Suggested Retail Price: $25

Description

La Follette fully embraces the concept of terroir - that each vineyard site has a unique expression that is showcased through the wines. Grapes from each location gain the full benefit of the microclimate, clonal selection, constant eye of the vineyard manager knowing when it is best to pick each row, and so on.

The winemaker’s role is to handcraft a wine true to the vineyard, pure in its expression, and a delight to drink. With each vintage, our understanding deepens and the wines become more reflective of that place.

In producing the most distinctive, site-driven Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, La Follette partners with family-owned vineyards. We work closely together to ensure the farming is done to our viticultural directives based on decades of experience and celebrates the distinct nature of their location

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