The 2009 Pinot Meunier, Fours Sisters Vineyard exhibits wonderfully intense plummy fruit and spiciness in the nose. In the mouth, there is plum too, but a plum more akin to that concentrated flavor in hoisin sauce. The fruit in this wine resembles in acid and strucutre the Pinot Noir that grows nearby on the La Cruz vineyard site…the chief difference being a more rustic sensibility to it…Pinot Noir’s country cousin. Replete with layers of fruit and an all-encompassing structure built on acidity, this wine, with proper storage, should age beautifully for many years. Only 70 cases were produced.
2010 La Rochelle Pinot Meunier
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
The Sonoma Coast AVA is an American Viticultural Area in Sonoma County, California, USA containing more than 500,000 acres (2,000 km2), mostly along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. It extends from San Pablo Bay to the border with Mendocino County. The appellation is known for its cool climate and high rainfall relative to other parts of Sonoma County. The area has such a broad range of microclimates that petitions are being made to the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the creation of sub-AVAs such as the proposed Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.