Laetitia Les Galets Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California
The rocks, indeed, segue perfectly in describing this wine. The nose displays minerality of chalk and wet limestone, with prevalent dark berry aromas and dries black cherry. The palate shows flavors of tobacco and cola spice, with structure of lingering velvet and finishing with a gorgeous floral flavor. This wine is complex as the ancient soils from which it is grown; savor with rich dishes, this wine can handle it!
Wine Enthusiast - "Classic Laetitia, dark, dry, full-bodied and richly extracted. The cherry, persimmon and pomegranate fruit is so forward, it tastes sweet, except that the wine finishes fully dry. Acidity is evident, as are grippy tannins, and the fruit and spice finish lasts a long time. An evident ager. Best after 2013.
Laetitia Vineyard & Winery
Laetitia Vineyard and Winery lies on a hillside within sight of the Pacific Ocean. The sweeping 1,850 acre estate enjoys a host of microclimates enhancing the vineyard's ability to produce a range of Burgundian varietals that express Laetitia's unique terrior. French viticulturists first discovered the property in 1982, investing heavily to develop the estate's potential. Under the new leadership of Selim Zilkha, the winemaking approach combines the celebrated French style and the experience of American Eric Hickey to make a wine that expresses the potential of the winery's coastal vineyards. View all Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
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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1 rating, 1 with reviewSiamese - Duluth, MN412/22/2012
Big bright floral boquet followed quickly by leather and slight hints of oak. Can't get over the boquet couldnt stop drinking the deep bergundy velvet. Gave 4 stars because tannins were absent but its so bright fruity and smooth at 14.9% alcohol a fun fun compliment with dessert (we had it with a butter cake smothered in salted caramel buttercream frosting) but could imagine it with red meats yummy! Glad I had 2 bottles wish I had bought a few more, maybe a few more years of aging would evolve some tannnins??
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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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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