For those that saw my Facebook post last Saturday night where I displayed a $50 bottle of wine with an $8 frozen pizza, this is the bottle. MAN OH MAN it was some good stuff! It’s a 2008 La Follette Pinot Noir from Sonoma.
This specific bottle is the first red wine I’ve ever had that was a 90+ on the wine snob charts (that’s what I call the scores listed by Wine Spectator magazine. I say it with love because I’m a subscriber.) Considering Terri is the one that found this wine, and I purchased it without having tasted it – I spent the money in blind faith. Wine is subjective after all. What one person likes isn’t necessarily true for the next person. Terri and I have similar tastes, fortunately, so I trusted her judgement.
In my sheer excitement to try my first high score wine, I literally stared at the wine in the aerator for what seemed like an eternity. I knew it needed to breathe. I guess I thought my staring at it would make it breathe faster. After what I thought was a good 30 minutes, I grabbed my glass and took my first taste. It was boring and underwhelming. What?! How could this be? Where were the fireworks and marching band? Then I looked at the clock and realized it had only been 5 minutes, not 30. Figures!
After finishing my pizza, Terri told me to give it another go. All I can say is WHHHHHOOOOOOAAAAAAAA. After having let this Pinot breathe for close to 45 minutes, it was something I had never experienced before. It smelled like freshly buttered toast with cherry jam. It was perfectly balanced. Not too much acid, tannin or over-powering fruit flavor. Instead it was smooth, smokey, fruity and a complete wine tasting experience.
Having said all of that, I know spending more than $20 on any bottle of wine is a completely splurge for most people. It was for me as well. However, if you ever have a chance to order wine by the glass in a restaurant, then remember the name La Follette. They specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
If you’re interested in a full bottle to add to your collection (this 2008 vintage is good until 2017), you can easily find it online. It is a limited release wine which means only a small number of bottles were produced. Most likely you’re not going to be able to find it in a store unless it’s a well stocked wine bar.
If you want to check out their website, you can find them here. It’s a beautifully done website with lots of great information on wine.