Sunday, July 25, 2010

La Rochelle Winery in Livermore Valley - A Passion for Pinot

La Rochelle Winery is descended from one of the longest established winery families in America. The Mirassou family has been producing wine in California since 1854, over 150 years of American winemaking tradition. This same wine heritage has been handed down over six generations.

As times changed and the South Bay grew the Mirassou Winery was eventually sold in 2002 and the brothers Daniel and Peter Mirassou started a boutique brand La Rochelle in the old Mirassou winery. As the family gave up the winery property to housing developers the brothers gave up the La Rochelle brand to their cousin Steven Kent Mirassou who already had his Steven Kent Winery in Livermore.

As Steven Mirassou further developed the La Rochelle brand he concentrated on the best that Pinot Noir can be from the premium Pinot Noir vineyards in California.

The 2007 Monterey Pinot Noir is 100% Pinot Noir from the San Vicente, Mission and Cedar Lane vineyards in Monterey County. All three vineyards are located around Soledad. On the nose you are welcomed by aromas of raspberry, dark cherry and cola. You will also detect a bit of toastiness and dusty aromas. On the palate you will enjoy the same fruit flavors and even a touch of citrus. This striking fruity quality continues onto a lingering finish with a nice spicy character.

The 2006 Classic Clones Pinot Noir is from Arroyo Seco in Monterey County and has aromas and flavors of red and black cherry, cola, spice and a touch of rhubarb. This wine is very aromatic with a soft blending of the fruit, acidity and tannins leading on to a medium plus finish.

The 2006 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is produced from grapes grown in the premium vineyards of the premium Pinot region. Sleepy Hollow vineyards provide 50% of the grapes with the rest coming from Sarmento, Paraiso and San Vicente vineyards. This wine has a wonderful blend of fruits with earthy mushrooms and forest floor. The fruit flavors include cherry, raspberry, cranberry and a touch of pomegranate. The complexity of this wine makes you concentrate on the wide range of flavors you are detecting. The finish goes on forever.

Visit La Rochelle at the Steven Kent Winery in Livermore Valley at 5443 Tesla Road. 

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