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2009 Laetitia Pinot Noir Single Vineyard La Colline Arroyo Grande Valley

Laetitia Vineyard and Winery primarily produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine from its estate vineyards in the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA. Their site is about 5 miles southeast of the town of Arroyo Grande and stretches from Highway 101 east up into the hills. From the higher vineyards you can easily see the Pacific Ocean just 3 miles away. Its tremendous cooling effect allows for very long growing seasons but excellent acidity in the grapes. Depending on where you stand, the soil is either alluvial, deep piles of volcanic rock or limestone.

The La Colline vineyard is at the forefront of the cooling. It’s among Laetitia’s closest to the ocean and situated at the end of a small canyon that funnels the cold air straight onto the vines. If not for the south facing of the sloping vineyard getting adequate ripeness could be an issue. This particular soil is a blend of volcanic and ancient sea floor washed down from the hill tops.


The 2009 Laetitia La Colline Pinot Noir has a classic nose of mixed red fruit, darker cherry, spice, sarsaparilla and dark floral notes. The body is on the generous side of medium with moderate talc-like tannins. In the mouth, the cherry and berry fruit is balanced by medium-plus acidity and enhanced with more spice and sarsaparilla. This is a very good wine, properly ripe but taut and disciplined. Drink now through 2017. Highly Recommended.

laetitia la colline2009 Laetitia Pinot Noir Single Vineyard La Colline Arroyo Grande Valley

Rating: Highly Recommended

Drink: now through 2017
Closure: Cork
Production: 220 cases
Retail Price: $60.00

Winemaker: Eric Hickey
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Origin: La Colline Vineyard, Laetitia Estate,
Fermentation: Whole berry fermentation, open top
Aging: 12 months in French oak, 30% new
Alcohol: 13.3%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: Not required

Temperature: 56º - 60º F

Food Pairings: Pan-roasted quail with mushroom duxelle


Interpreting my wine ratings

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The review above reflects my personal experience with the product. It is not a paid ad, nor do I accept ads or compensation for reviews directly from wine producers. Reviews may cover products that I have purchased, received as samples, or tried under other circumstances I consider to be good tasting conditions. Receiving a product as a sample does not obligate me to review it positively (or at all) and I do not consider samples to be compensation or “free wine.” I have purchased plenty of wine over the years and have more of that than I can drink. Samples are opened for review purposes, not added to my personal cellar or taken to restaurants.

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This article is original to Copyright 2013 NorCal Wine. Photos courtesy of Laetitia. All rights reserved.