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La Rochelle Winery 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir - Wine Review

Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 5, 2011

A bottle of La Rochelle Winery 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir, our wine of the week
La Rochelle Winery
2010 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

La Rochelle is a rather unique venture, featuring small-production Pinot Noirs from across California and Oregon. The winery purchases fruit from more than 20 of the states' most exceptional vineyards to produce a line of wines that showcases specific terroir. Most of the winery's bottlings are a blend of grapes from one appellation, however, they also currently produce a small selection of single-vineyard Pinots as well as a Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé of Pinot Noir. The 2010 is a fresh, light and delightful, almost spritzy rendition of dry rosé. Its aromas are of red fruits, including cherries, cranberries and red currants. In the mouth, there are complex yet subtle layers of lemon and tangerine zest mingled with subtle red fruit flavors, which linger surprisingly long on the palate. A beautiful, pale salmon-colored wine, it would make a nice addition to a brunch or an extremely elegant choice for a picnic. Try it with light or delicate foods like poached chicken with wild mushroom cream, steamed mussels or sushi. The wine would also work with classic picnic fare like pâté, chicken salad or deviled eggs.

Rating: 14/20

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(Updated: 09/02/11 BH)

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