Toe to Toe with Left Coast Cellars’ 2011 Latitude 45 Pinot Noir

For a recent article I wrote for Take Root Magazine, I had the opportunity to sample a delicious line up of Left Coast Cellars‘ wines and share them with my family and friends. My sister sipped in the sun their Truffle Hill Chardonnay while we barbecued with their Cali’s Cuvee Pinot Noir and White Pinot Noir. But over all, the wine that stood out to me the most was their single vineyard bottling, Latitude 45 Pinot Noir. Well balanced and layered, the wine matched me toe to toe after a stressful day at work.

Left Coast Cellar's Pinot Noir

Initially speaking on the tongue with bright cherry and red-raspberry flavors, the wine curves from fruit to earth as it slinks across the palate turning to notes of dry earth, dusty spices, dried mushrooms, and a touch of anise on the finish. Soaking up these rich flavors from its soil, Chehulpum silt, the Pinot Noir vineyard is intersected by the 45th parallel, like many great vineyards of France, and planted in 100% Dijon clone.

After a few sips, I relaxed with a glass; lost in the flavors as the evening wore on.

 

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