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2009 LaFollette Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

When we talk about value, we tend to think about low price points. There are definitely wines that are excellent values priced well above the $20 threshold though. And I’m not just talking about those marked down from a much higher starting price.

One example of excellent value above $20 is the 2009 LaFollette Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. The wine has many characteristics of wines selling for around $45 but goes for just $30. It is complex and offers much more than just a bowl of fruit. It has pleasing palate weight but achieves that without high alcohol. It tastes great now, but will develop nicely in bottle for several years. It’s so much better than the vast majority of Pinot Noir selling for less, spending up is a no-brainer.

The wine's nose is generous in both intensity and complexity. It is distinctly savory but there is no lack of fruit. Aromas include savory spice, game meat, dry herb (especially sage), blueberry, cherry and leather. In the mouth, the wine is on the rich side of medium body with a harmonious balance of acidity, alcohol and tannins. Sweet black cherry fruit and orange zest flavors are met by deli meat, leather, savory spice and sage. The wine is thoroughly approachable and will complement, rather than dominate a meal. It will also reward thoughtful nosing and sipping. Drink now through 2016. Highly Recommended.


2009 LaFollette Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Rating: Highly Recommended

Drink: Now through 2016
Retail Price: $29.99
Winemaker: Greg LaFollette
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Origin: Sonoma Coast

Fermentation: open top tank, native yeasts
Aging: 10 months in French oak barrels

Alcohol: 14.1%

Closure: Cork
Production: 2,445 cases

The wine above was provided by the winery for review. It was tasted blind.

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