☰ Menu

Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste

Posted on: May 13th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

Moving it forward: Wine innovations you can really taste:: La Follette WinesLike many other products offered to us these days, wine is “changed up” from time to time, and that keeps things very interesting.  Although wine innovations may go at a slower pace than gadgets like smartphones, winemakers do tend to break out now and then.

A recent example of such an innovator is Greg LaFollette.  After helping out numerous winemakers over the years, Greg and his partners have put together a lineup of their own under a label bearing his name.

Relying on extensive expertise with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, he has started with an excellent base of prime vineyard partners, plus winemaking know-how, and pushed it up a notch.  Of course, the proof is always in the tasting and that takes time.  But you have to start somewhere.  So Greg is now on the path to expand his distribution across the country.

One of the most striking of his wines is their Sangiacomo Chardonnay.  Not only does it come from a unique California terroir (the Petaluma Gap), but he has applied a few leading edge winemaking techniques to add to its character.

At first, it begins with an almost sweetly floral bouquet reminiscent of a Viognier.  But this is soon joined by lemon grass, an earthy volcanic depth, followed by a tinge of smoke.  Many will find it quite entertaining to enjoy a Chardonnay without the expected green apple blast!

The feeling on the palate is just as much fun, with a refined earthy interest followed by a delicately balanced acidity.  The finish tends to go slightly buttery and a little of the distant smoke, like that in the bouquet, tends to linger.  This makes Greg’s creation an excellent candidate for a blind tasting; stump the panel.

Of course, he has done wonderful things with his Pinot Noirs as well.  One of the more notable is the Van Der Kamp.  Its fruit originates on the higher slopes of Sonoma Mountain and sports a captivating bouquet of gooseberries and dried cherries.  Just when the berry aromas begin to soften, a wonderful toasty character sets in, kind of like graham cracker and fresh whole grain toast, nothing harsh in this one.

By design, these wines are totally different from each other, even between the various Chards and Pinots in the lineup.  Because imbibing tells it all, a visit to their tasting room would be a good plan.  However, you can find them at Total Wine or online.

You will be guaranteed an interesting experience that will shake up what you think you know about wine, just a tad.  Oh yeah, things keep moving ahead, especially with wine.

Examiner Logo

About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

More Posts by  | Website

Related Posts

Join the Wizarding World Harry Potter Birthday Bash at FOUNDRE!

Harry Potter Birthday Bash at FOUND:RE! Join the Wizarding World

Posted on: July 10th, 2023

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Mark your calendars for an extraordinary event happening on Saturday, July 29 at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar. Get ready to be... Read More
The Genuine Boogie Nights Bash: Food, Beats, and Giving Back!

The Genuine Boogie Nights Bash: Food, Beats, and Giving Back!

Posted on: May 24th, 2023

The Genuine Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with a Groovy Boogie Nights Bash  Uptown Phoenix’s culinary hotspot, The Genuine, is preparing to throw an epic anniversary party, and you will not want... Read More

Be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply

©2024 PhoenixBites | Site Designed by WeDoDev

All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Disclosure Policy | Sitemap