16 June 2014

Pinot Noir from La Pitchoune

La Pitchoune Winery is a small operation named after a property in the south of France, literally translated from Provençal as "the little one". It was also the name that Julia Child and her husband gave to their home in the region.

Both of these wines are made from Sonoma Pinot Noir, yet show very different expressions. I grilled a veal chop, prepared a few cold salads, and sat down for a delightful summer lunch.

2012 La Pitchoune Vin Gris of Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
100% Pinot Noir
$30, 14.1% abv.
39 Cases Produced

I'm sorry that there is so little of this wine on the market, because it is amazing. Exactly the style of dry rosé that I adore when it's hot outside. Pale salmon color, gentle flavors of watermelon and strawberry, and balanced acidity. Very delicate mouthfeel and a quick finish. Don't keep this one too cold but when properly chilled it is magic. Highly recommended.

2012 La Pitchoune Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California
100% Pinot Noir
$60, 14.2% abv.
279 Cases Produced

Tart wild strawberry notes with hints of flowers and a little earth. On the palate it shows firm acidity and full, supple Pinot Noir flavors of berries and French oak. Quite good with the veal chop and a wine that should continue to improve over the next couple of years.

Note: These wines were provided as samples for review.

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