La Follette Sangiacomo Chardonnay 2010
Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
An effusive bouquet of roasted chestnuts, brioche and narcissus. Bright acidity on entry with notes of kumquat and quince paste, balance by latepalate minerality. With time in the glass or decanter, the signature savory and muskiness of this wine emerge. Delightfully energetic and fruity in its youth, this is a Chardonnay that will continue to develop richness and complexity with cellaring.
Wine Enthusiast - "Classy and delicious, this shows all you could ask for in the way of flavors of ripe tropical fruit and rich oak, with a buttery, creamy texture. With bright acidity and a firm minerality at its center, it’s also structurally balanced and elegant."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2010 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard is gorgeous. Sweet apricots, succulent pears, flowers, honeysuckle and mint are some of the many nuances that are woven together in this highly expressive, nuanced Chardonnay. The Sangiacomo finds its minerality on the mid-palate, which propels the fruit through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright yellow-gold. Ripe orchard and pit fruit faromas are lifted by zesty mineral and ginger nuances, with notes of vanilla and mace in the background. Fleshy and expansive on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering fresh pear and nectarine flavors and a touch of honey on the back. Closes sappy and long, with lingering spice and orange zest notes."
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La Follette Winery
La Follette is a boutique Sonoma County winery intensely focused on crafting wines that offer benchmark expression of vineyard site and appellation. Led by winemaker Greg La Follette, the portfolio of small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir releases offer a sensory tour of terroir of some of the most expressive and interesting vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino County. View all La Follette Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.