Easily the best of La Rochelle’s three Pinots, with a zesty acidity that frames ripe cherries, pomegranates, cola, oak and citrus zest. The Arroyo Seco is an under-appreciated appellation in Salinas Valley, while the clonal mix of this wine consists of older selections, not today’s cleaned-up Dijon specimens. This is a complex, addictive Pinot. Best now and for a…
Here’s a big, ripe, dry, complex, voluptuous Pinot that comes from a cool Monterey region better known for dry whites. It shows a nice tension between acidity, silky tannins, charred, sweet oak and bright, pure fruit flavors of cherries, cola and raspberries, with a slightly funky, leathery undertow.
Arroyo Seco is an iffy place to grow Pinot or any red wine. Cool and windswept, it needs a warmer vintage, which 2007 wasn’t. Rochelle’s new bottling is very dry and acidic. It lacks a bit of generosity, in the green mint edge to the cherries. But it’s very elegant, with an appealing minerality. Drink now.