Vine-O Distributors Inc.

Distributor of Modern Classics

2008 La Rochelle 'Sleepy Hollow' Pinot Noir

The 2008 offering is a 16-barrel blend comprised of 12 barrels of Martini clone and 4 of clone 113. This blend mix has been consistent from vintage to vintage as we like the interplay of bright fruit, tannin, and non-fruit aromatics from the heritage clone and the dark-fruit flavors and viscosity from 113.

The 2008 La Rochelle Sleepy Hollow was aged in 62.5% new oak (in a combination of French, American and French/American mixed oak barrels); the 6 used barrels are 2006 and 2005 French oak barriques from the Damy and Nadalie cooperages. By the time this wine is bottled it will have seen about 18 months of barrel age.

Drinkable upon release, this wine will benefit by 12 months in bottle before consumption, and should age beautifully for 5-10 years. Pair with duck, pork, chicken, salmon, and flavorfully-sauced pasta dishes. Only 675 6- packs produced.

La Rochelle

Our mission at La Rochelle is a simple one: to make California’s best, most interesting, most collectable Pinot Noir. My family introduced the Pinot Noir grape to California in the 1850s. Today, we partner with the state’s most renowned Pinot Noir vineyards – Garys’. Sleepy Hollow. Rosella’s. Londer. Paraiso. Tondre. Farrington. Deer Park. We craft Pinot Noir grown on these famed estates that let the individual vineyard’s terroir, its special sense of place, shine through. My great-great-great grandfather left the French port of La Rochelle one hundred and sixty years ago on a voyage of possibilities. Our journey at La Rochelle Winery is an equally exciting one: to discover the best Pinot Noir vineyards and translate those exceptional estates into limited releases worthy of our heritage. If your passion is Pinot, then your journey has led you to the right place… - Steven Kent Mirassou

Santa Lucia Highlands

The Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Monterey County, California. It is part of the larger Monterey AVA, and located in the Santa Lucia Mountains above the Salinas Valley. Over 2,300 acres (931 ha) of vineyards are planted in the AVA, some as high as 1,200 feet (366 m) above sea level, with about half of them planted to the Pinot noir grape. The region enjoys cool morning fog and breezes from Monterey Bay followed by warm afternoons thanks to direct southern exposures to the sun.