La Rochelle Winery Completes Challenging Crush
LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — This winegrowing season was the definition of “abnormal” – above average rainfall, the coolest growing season on record, and the latest harvest in memory. “It was very region specific, quality-wise,” says La Rochelle winemaker Tom Stutz. “We brought in some very nice Pinot Noir from some vineyards but completely skipped others this vintage.” La Rochelle is in a unique position to comment on conditions of the just completed California “Burgundian” varietals’ harvest, as they source small Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lots from twelve different vineyards throughout five separate, cool-climate appellations. Owner Steven Mirassou and winemaker Tom Stutz are an experienced team, focusing on quality not quantity – looking to craft limited releases that speak directly to the character and terroir of the individual vineyard.
“It all depended on your location in terms of the early fall storm patterns and how long you could afford to wait before picking. Generally, our vineyard growers on the North Coast, like Anderson Valley and Russian River Valley, were harder hit than our more southerly suppliers like estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation.”
Tom continues that “yields were generally lighter than ‘normal.’ La Rochelle brought in about 80% of planned-on tonnage. Overall, the Pinot Noir arriving at the winery showed excellent color, fruit intensity, and flavor development at lower sugar levels than we normally see. Certainly ‘elegance over power’ this year. The young wines are very promising at this stage.”
La Rochelle Winery has a “Passion for Pinot” – focusing on crafting small lot, vineyard-centric Pinot Noir from fruit grown on the best estates in the Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Cruz Mountains, Anderson Valley, and Russian River Valley appellations. Owner Steven Mirassou and Winemaker Tom Stutz’s “Burgundian” portfolio also includes a Rose of Pinot Noir and a methode champenoise Blanc de Noir sparkling wine.
La Rochelle is open daily in the scenic Livermore Valley wine country at 5443 Tesla Road. Its online home is http://www.LRWine.com
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