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Wonderfully Balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014

Posted on: July 19th, 2016 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

As Greg La Follette moves on to the 2014 vintage, the trend in his Chardonnay’s combination of elegance and careful balance continues.  Although the “North Coast” Chardonnay has a few less dimensions than the “Sangiacomo”, it still offers a captivating character that the unoaked Chard fan will appreciate.

Wonderfully balanced Chardonnay: La Follette’s 2014Tropical fruit is the most prominent characteristic of the bouquet, but it is soon joined with a little peach and an ever so slight hint of earthiness.  As it opens, the earthy component fades and fruit becomes a little more floral.  Very nice.

As with many of Greg’s wines, the balance in the mouth is simply fantastic.  Although not a Chard for those who like the “California Buttery” character, the crisp balance of the acidity is simply refreshing.  In addition, there are not many Chardonnays that soften on finish the way this one does.  Traces of spice and vanilla linger in the in the end to hold the interest of those who really love this varietal.

As for the future, we should expect to be surprised by La Follette’s Chardonnay as Greg continues to develop fruit sources from such prime spots as Russian River Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Coast, and Mendocino Ridges.  One of the best things about the North Coast Chard is that the regional character of the blend will change per the winemaker’s choices with every vintage.

You can order this wine through Bevmo for under $25, but they may have to ship it from another store to get it into Arizona.  Of course, you can always buy direct through their wine club.  Expect the distribution of these wines to increase even more this year, so they will continue to be easier to find.

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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.

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