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Pinot Noir, 2017. La Follette

Pinot Noir, 2017. La Follette

Item #: P0520R1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Deep Magenta
Nose: Rose Petals, Cotton Candy
Palate: Layered Spices
Finish: Gripping
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Greg Follette falls into a similar category with other winemakers who craft Pinot Noir. He's never satisfied. It's an endless search, but the thrill is as much in the journey as it is in the results. Only Greg can argue with the results. We certainly can't.

Like most winemakers, Greg is obsessed with the land. That obsession is highlighted when you want to make Pinot Noir because this grape can produce wildly different wine based on where it is grown. And, to make things more challenging, the difference between vineyards can be a few feet, let alone a few miles.

The vineyard he chose to work with has been owned by the Heintz family in the Russian River for just shy of 100 years. They know it well and, like La Follette, keep learning. You'd think after 100 years; you'd know all there is, but, maddingly, not.

So, it's a simple equation. Add one obsessed winemaker to one obsessed grape grower, and the result equals one incredible wine. There are so many things that can go wrong, especially when making Pinot Noir, it's a wonder anyone keeps their sanity. First, there are different clones, which are the result of cross-pollination over literally thousands of years-knowing which do best where both science and luck is.

Fortunately, Greg has both because this selection is a statement of unmatched harmony. The luscious fruit is balanced by the silky tannins creating a synergism that can only be matched with fried chicken thighs in a garlic-infused lemon sauce.