Mission Codename The Little Prince
“La Pitchoune has been gaining its footing as one of the most coveted producers in Sonoma County with their unapologetic wines that are reminiscent of the kind of farmhouse wines you’d find throughout Burgundy, France.” - Sonoma Magazine
“If you don’t know, now you know…” - Biggie Smalls
Truth! This is one of those total no-brainer, “yes please we’ll take everything you can possibly spare” type offers that we jump at. If you follow the boutique Sonoma Pinot scene in any capacity, you probably know La Pitchoune and already dipped out of here to snag a few. To have ANY of this beautiful triple-90-point 2015 Pinot from them, let alone at a nice 40% discount… incredible!
For the uninitiated, La Pitchoune means “the little one” in French. Small production, small lots, and plenty of small decisions add up to a big success. Owners Tracy and Peter Neilsen kicked things off in 2012 and make just 1,200 cases each year but despite the tiny production, they’ve amassed a strong following of devoted Pinot and Chardonnay lovers. Nearly everything they make rates 90 or higher, this one included. No surprise given they’re tapped into some prime vineyard sites - Chenoweth, Devoto, English Hill, Pratt, and Van Der Kamp to name a few. Many of which supply fruit to cream of the crop Pinot makers like Dutton, Dehlinger, Kistler.
This wine flashes a style between California and Burgundy, with pure red berries, plums, baking spices, fresh leather, and earl gray tea mix and mingle. Juicy midweight style with tons of freshness. Brisk acidity makes it perfect for that big dinner coming up at the end of the month.
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90 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“Medium ruby, the 2015 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast has an earthy nose of soil, graphite, pipe tobacco and herbs with brambly black fruits in the background. The palate is medium-bodied and earthy with firm, slightly grippy tannins and just enough freshness on the finish. Drink 2019-2024.”
90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck
“The ruby-colored 2015 Pinot Noir, which was 70% destemmed and brought up in 25% new French oak, offers a complex bouquet of tart cherries, bay leaf, green flowers, and spice cabinet. With fine tannins, medium body, and good acidity, it’s has a kiss of green (I suspect from the stems) in its aromas and flavors, yet it’s nicely balanced and add rather than detracts. It’s an outstanding wine to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years. Drink 2019-2027.”
90 Points – PinotFile
“Dark garnet color in the glass. Aromas of purple grapes, boysenberry and underbrush lead off. Dense and bold in a fruit-driven mid weight plus style, with waves of dark red and purple fruits greeting the palate. A botanical thread plies the background. Nicely composed with balanced tannins and some finishing purpose.”
A deep ruby hue with glimmers of garnet reflecting through the rim
Pure red berries, plums, baking spices, fresh leather, and earl gray tea
Juicy midweight style with tons of freshness, a style between California and Burgundy
Brisk acidity and great length make it perfect for that big dinner coming up soon
One foot in tradition so built for a classic meal, a touch of modernity for the creative there too
What the Winery Says
2015 BAD HAUNTED Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
- Andrew Berge
- Pinot Noir
- Sonoma Coast
- English Hill, Holder, Morris
- Dijon 115, 667, 777, 838
- Total acidity
- 5.8 g/L
- Harvest Brix
- Harvest dates
- August 24 - September 7, 2015
- Bottling date
- August 11, 2015
- 11 months
- 25% new French oak