The 2014 La Pitchoune Chardonnay from Chenoweth Vineyard was crowned the best premium Chardonnay ($45+) at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, being named Best of Class.
Founded in 2012 by Peter & Tracy Nielsen, La Pitchoune was established with the vision of creating beautifully balanced wines by combining the consistent and predictable weather of Sonoma with true old-word techniques. In a world filled with consumer demands to produce wines that can be enjoyed immediately, La Pitchoune wines are going against the grain and people are beginning to take notice.
The SFCWC Best of Class winners, are widely regarded as among the best wines in America. Due to the SFCWC’s size and the expertise of the judging panel, this competition is often considered the ultimate barometer for wine consumers to select and measure wine.
“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the definitive competition for American wines. To win a medal here – to stand out in a crowd of 7,000-plus submissions – is an enormous accomplishment for a winery,” said Esther Mobley, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine, Beer and Spirits editor.”
The persistent and steadfast vision of co-founder Tracy Nielsen, who also happens to be the Assistant Winemaker, is what has so quickly enabled La Pitchoune to rise to the top, receiving awards and praise from acclaimed press, industry peers as well as customers. “At La Pitchoune, the wines always come first. While others are racing to release their wines as quickly as possible, we prefer to nurture and age our wines. We only recently released our 2014 wines to the public for a reason, they are complex and nuanced and require some time in the bottle to really come into their own. The wonderful thing about receiving this recognition from SFCWC is that these wines are only going to get better over time”, continues Tracy.
La Pitchoune Master Winemaker, Andrew Berge, comments on the distinction: “Being named Best of Class is a great honor and the result of working closely with our wine-growers over a number of years to implement our sustainable farming practices that truly reflect the old-world style of wine that we aim to create at La Pitchoune. The 2014 wines demonstrate exceptional purity and balance unmatched by any vintage of recent memory that have provided an excellent foundation to really showcase what La Pitchoune is about”.
Aside from receiving the best of class distinction for the 2014 Chenoweth Chardonnay, La Pitchoune also received medals for the 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, the 2014 Holder Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2016 Chenin Blanc.
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OUR HOLIDAY WINE PICKS
ORDER BY DECEMBER 15 TO ENSURE DELIVERY BEFORE DECEMBER 25.
Peter’s Holiday Wine Pick: 2014 la pitchoune Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
This is my holiday pick because to me, this is the “classic”. This wine is a true representation of what La Pitchoune is all about. Awesome with mushroom pasta or absolutely fantastic just paired with some good friends. What I really like about this stupendous wine is its balance and the way it magically reveals itself in layers as it hits your mouth. A winner who’s quality far exceeds the modest price.
Andrew’s Holiday Wine Pick: 2014 la pitchoune chenoweth vineyard chardonnay, Russian River
The holidays are full of indulgence and celebrations. For this time of year you need a WOW wine and the 2014 Chenoweth Chardonnay delivers. Served with fresh Dungeness Crab or roast pork and a Chanterelle mushroom sauce this wine will convert any of your ABC friends. The Chenoweth with its exceptional balance and staggering complexity confirms why Chardonnay is the Queen! I know a few bottles will be consumed at my holiday table this season. I suggest you grab a few for your table as well.
Brett’s Holiday Wine Pick: 2016 la pitchoune La Bombe Chenin Blanc, Merrit Island
My holiday pick is our latest release: Our 2016 Chenin Blanc - La Bombe. This wine represents a departure from “normal” for the winery, yet is right on target. Our first wine sourced from outside of Sonoma. Why source from the Merritt Island AVA, you ask? Because it is simply the best place to grow Chenin Blanc in California. I grabbed a case of this before we released it, with the idea of sending it out to reviewers. It never made it out. For the last 3 months, I brought a bottle of this to every party I attended or hosted and it was a hit. And, at $22 a bottle, it’s a steal for the holidays.
Tracy’s Holiday Wine Pick: 2014 la pitchoune English Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
I love the holidays, and nothing says Christmas in a glass like our English Hill Pinot Noir. It has bright and lively aromas of red fruits highlighted by citrus that mingle with juniper, sumac, tobacco and cedar. And its cool site origins are apparent with the cranberry and pomegranate flavors. With this wine, we have pushed the boundaries of farming, and it is bound to cross a boundary or two at the dinner table as well. Like a boys choir singing Handel’s Messiah, this wine has an impressive harmony with pronounced length on the finish. If you want to bring a little piece of the Sonoma Coast home this holiday season, look no further than our English Hill Pinot Noir.
Okay Wine Club Members - get your keys ready!
Tomorrow at 11am Eastern Time, we will be drawing a random key number live on Facebook.
If you, dear member, have the "winning" number, we have something special for you. While our local members know the benefits of bringing their keys to our pickup parties, we wanted to give everyone a chance at something special. So tune in if you can.
- Team La Pitchoune
As it relates to our vineyards the simple answer is no. All of the vineyards we source fruit from are above any flood plain and so are not at risk of flooding.
In general though flooding during the dormant phase has no real long term effect on the vines. Vines evolved in and around seasonal creeks, so they are accustom to some water. Occasional flooding can be beneficial as it deposits nutrients into the vineyard that have been depleted.
During the growth phase however, they typically do not do well with their roots under the water table. Oxygen in the root zone is critical for water and nutrient absorption. It is also important for beneficial micro-organism metabolism and respiration. Microbial activity such as organic matter decomposition and nitrification require the presence of oxygen in the soil.
With the amount of rain we have received and with no end in the forecast, the real concern becomes erosion and mudslides. The soils are saturated so most of the rain we continue to receive will not soak into the soil. This leads to overland flow which increases the risk of erosion and mudslides. In the worst situations, portions of vineyards can be washed away.
Assuming that the vineyard survives the rain, it shouldn't have an effect on this season's vintage.
Flooding at Hartford Winery
Flooding off River Road
Good morning, Beautiful!
Did everything work out how you wanted it to last night? Did you:
A. Wake up next to the love of your life this morning?
B. Break a heel running for a cab at 2am thinking, "what was I thinking?!"
Don't worry - we've been there. Seriously.
But you know who loves you? We do. And our love is unconditional, even if it is long-distance. We wish we could give you a hug right now.
And we have a little announcement. No - we aren't pregnant.
Our 2016 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir is now available on the website. We know what you might be thinking - it was wine that gave you the Love Hangover in the first place. But, our award-winning Vin Gris sells out every year and we want to make sure the folks on our mailing list have a chance to order it before it goes to restaurants and is gone.
So drink up, buttercup. Nothing cures a Love Hangover like a cold glass of Vin Gris. Nothing except a big hug and, well, that's just impossible on a blog.