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07.17.2004

2001 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grand Valley, Central Coast California

The Arroyo Grand Valley, home to Laetitia, is located just outside of San Luis Obispo, California. It is one of the coolest grape growing regions in California, and is already famous for its cool climate Pinot Noirs that are often compared to Burgundy forbearers.

Laetitia itself has a European heritage, having first been established as Maison Deutz, a French owned wineyard focused on making sparkling with with Methode Champenoise. In 1997 vineyard owner Jean-Claude Tardivat bought out the winery, renamed it after his daughter, and started using the grapes to make vineyard designate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc along with the sparkling wines.

This particular wine was noted by the winemaker as having unusual color even from the moment of de-stemming, and the wine was left in contact with the skins for an extra 2 days (a full 50% longer than usual) in order to extract all the color, and fermentation happened rapidly over three days. The result is a wine with a surprisingly low alcohol content (13.3%) for its color and strength of extraction. Because of the power of this wine even before barreling, the winemaker chose to reduce the amount of new oak used on the wine.

Tasting Notes:
The color of dark garnet, this is literally the darkest Pinot I have ever seen. That inky tone is echoed in the nose which is rich and resonant with aromas as unlikely as the color: licorice, blueberry, bacon fat. In the mouth it has an immediately smokey element which is surrounded by extracted, thick flavors of blueberries, black cherries, and earth. Fruit is the dominant flavor here, from front palate to finish, to the point of being a little heavy handed.

Food Pairing:
This is the first pinot I would even jokingly suggest you pair with venison, but honestly, this wine is so dark and rich you might treat it a little more like a Zinfandel or a Syrah when you're thinking about what to eat with it. Try it with Moroccan spiced beef.

Overall Score: 8.5/9

How Much?: $25

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Comments (8)

enoch choi wrote:
07.17.04 at 6:43 PM

their wine's delicious. had it at the macarthur park tasting the last couple years.

bioplate wrote:
08.18.04 at 11:54 PM

Wonderful Pinot Noir. Now other small producers are making exciting wines from the estate, such as the Malvolio wines from Highlands Cellar. (www.highlandscellar.com)

ideas87 wrote:
09.18.04 at 11:23 PM

Malvolio Pinot Noir Wine from Laetitia is outstanding - I agree. Not much left, but available at http://www.highlandscellar.com/malvolio.html.

ideas87 wrote:
09.29.04 at 9:50 PM

Seems that The Wine Enthusiast has a similar opinion. In the October 2004, the 2001 Malvolio Laetitia Vineyard Block I is rated 93 pts.
“Wow, what a delicious Pinot. It's lusciously silky in the mouth, with great acids framing a complex array of flavors ranging from red cherries, black raspberries and oaky vanilla to Asian spices and sweet tobacco. Absolutely addictive and compelling, and shows what this vineyard is capable of.”

11.22.14 at 8:28 AM

Its design enables for carrying loads of add-ons like snow footwear,
a wind breaker or other warmer jackets and has a neat fleece lined goggle pocket which stops the goggle from fogging up.
The fleece shields the lens from scratches in particular through
tumbles and falls. It also has a helmet pocket which helps make carrying the helmet all-around rather headache no cost.


I located these truffles horrible, I allow them stand for 4hrs it did
not firm up adequately. I set them in the refrigerator for 2hrs they firmed up a bit, but not ample to roll.
I set them in the freezer until the future working day. For the dough: in the bowl of
a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, entire egg, sugar,
butter, and buttermilk. Add roughly two cups of the flour alongside with the yeast and salt whisk until moistened and
merged. Eliminate the whisk attachment and switch with a dough hook.

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any time been. And the cause is possibly mainly because they are a multipurpose merchandise
of apparel. For instance, they vary in length from micro to mini to just over the knee to down below the knee.
In a selection of cases, the application of leather was even extended to
trousers and components as properly. Leather trousers ended up
then viewed as to be incredibly hot and females have been also quick to go by this growth.
Black leather-based pants with belts that had
whopping shiny buckles grew to become a manner statement in particular with the
youth..

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to hope to be remembered as a student there.
Confident, Lois was a armed service brat, so she grabs on to the Smallville Superior component of her daily life and probably romanticizes it for far more than it was, but I know
the good Lois Lane would never ever hope a team of youthful adults
who realized each individual other for the very first
18 many years of their life to don't forget considerably if anything
about the five days they may perhaps or may perhaps not have noticed some new chick wandering the halls.
I know this is heading to sound nit picky to some
of you, but it aspects like this that bug the residing
Blue Kryptonite out of me.

Its style permits for carrying plenty of extras like
snow shoes, a wind breaker or other hotter jackets and has a neat
fleece lined goggle pocket which prevents the goggle from fogging
up. The fleece safeguards the lens from scratches in particular throughout tumbles
and falls. It also has a helmet pocket which can make
carrying the helmet around fairly inconvenience totally free.

I discovered these truffles terrible, I let them stand for 4hrs it did not agency up correctly.
I put them in the fridge for 2hrs they firmed up a bit,
but not adequate to roll. I place them in the freezer till the
next day. For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk
attachment, whisk the egg yolks, total egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk.
Add close to two cups of the flour together with the yeast and salt whisk until moistened
and merged. Clear away the whisk attachment and exchange with a dough hook.


Leather-based skirts are as well-liked as they have
at any time been. And the reason is almost certainly because they are a adaptable merchandise of apparel.
For illustration, they vary in length from micro to mini to
just previously mentioned the knee to underneath
the knee. In a range of circumstances, the application of leather was even prolonged to pants and components
as perfectly. Leather trousers were then thought of to be hot
and ladies were being also prompt to go by this enhancement.

Black leather-based trousers with belts that had whopping shiny buckles grew to become
a style statement especially with the youth..


There is no motive in any way for Lois Lane, who admittedly confirmed up for 5 days of school, to anticipate
to be remembered as a university student there.
Absolutely sure, Lois was a army brat, so she grabs on to the Smallville Higher section of
her life and perhaps romanticizes it for far more than it was,
but I know the intelligent Lois Lane would hardly ever expect a team of
young adults who realized each individual other for the initially eighteen many years of
their lives to bear in mind a lot if anything about the 5 days they could or may possibly not have seen some
new chick wandering the halls. I know this is going to seem nit picky to some of you,
but it facts like this that bug the dwelling Blue Kryptonite out of me.

11.22.14 at 1:45 PM

Its design permits for carrying tons of components like snow
footwear, a wind breaker or other hotter jackets and has a neat fleece
lined goggle pocket which prevents the goggle from fogging up.
The fleece guards the lens from scratches especially all through tumbles and falls.
It also has a helmet pocket which will make carrying the helmet all over fairly problem no cost.


I observed these truffles awful, I enable them stand for 4hrs it did not firm up thoroughly.
I set them in the refrigerator for 2hrs they firmed up marginally, but not sufficient to roll.

I place them in the freezer until the next working day.
For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the
whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, full egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk.
Incorporate about 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt whisk until moistened
and blended. Get rid of the whisk attachment and switch with a dough hook.


Leather skirts are as well known as they have ever been. And the reason is probably mainly because they are a multipurpose
item of clothing. For case in point, they differ in length
from micro to mini to just earlier mentioned the knee to under the knee.
In a variety of scenarios, the software of leather-based was even prolonged to pants and extras as very well.

Leather-based pants had been then thought of to be hot and
ladies ended up also instantaneous to go by this enhancement.
Black leather trousers with belts that had whopping shiny buckles became a style
assertion especially with the youth..

There is no rationale in anyway for Lois Lane, who admittedly
confirmed up for 5 days of school, to assume to
be remembered as a university student there. Guaranteed, Lois was a armed forces brat, so she grabs on to the Smallville Higher section of her daily
life and potentially romanticizes it for far more than it was, but I
know the smart Lois Lane would by no means count on a team of younger older people who knew every single
other for the first 18 many years of their life to
don't forget substantially if just about anything about the five times they may possibly
or might not have observed some new chick wandering the halls.
I know this is going to sound nit picky to
some of you, but it facts like this that bug the residing Blue Kryptonite out
of me.

11.22.14 at 4:49 PM

Its layout allows for carrying tons of accessories like
snow footwear, a wind breaker or other hotter jackets and has a neat fleece lined goggle
pocket which stops the goggle from fogging up. The
fleece shields the lens from scratches especially for the duration of tumbles and falls.
It also has a helmet pocket which would make
carrying the helmet close to pretty stress cost-free.

I found these truffles terrible, I enable them stand for 4hrs
it did not organization up thoroughly. I put them in the
fridge for 2hrs they firmed up a bit, but not plenty of to roll.

I put them in the freezer till the future working day.
For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with
the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, complete egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk.
Add approximately two cups of the flour alongside with the yeast and
salt whisk until moistened and merged. Take out the whisk attachment and
swap with a dough hook.

Leather-based skirts are as common as they have ever been. And the cause is in all probability due to
the fact they are a multipurpose item of garments. For instance, they change in size from
micro to mini to just above the knee to below the knee.
In a amount of conditions, the software of leather was even prolonged to pants and accessories as effectively.
Leather pants ended up then viewed as to be incredibly hot and females have been also fast to go
by this development. Black leather trousers with belts that experienced whopping shiny
buckles grew to become a manner statement particularly with the youth..

There is no rationale by any means for Lois Lane, who admittedly confirmed up
for five days of university, to assume to be remembered as a pupil there.
Positive, Lois was a armed service brat, so she grabs on to the Smallville Significant part of her life and most likely romanticizes it for a lot more than it was,
but I know the wise Lois Lane would never anticipate a team of
youthful grown ups who realized each and every other for the very first eighteen a long time
of their lives to bear in mind a great deal if anything about the five times
they could or may possibly not have viewed some new chick wandering the halls.
I know this is likely to seem nit picky to some of you, but it aspects like this that bug the dwelling
Blue Kryptonite out of me.

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