La Belle Pinot Noir is a special Wine Club offering that is made in very limited quantities. La Belle expresses the beautiful, round texture and finesse of the Pommard clone. It is nuanced and balanced, with bright rose petal and raspberry aromas. On the palate, it offers red cherry and pomegranate with a hint of cinnamon and orange peel. This wine is a tribute to the finesse and focus that Pinot Noir can offer. All in all, it is a lyrical wine.
La Belle comes entirely from select parcels on Lingua Franca Estate of Heritage Pommard Pinot Noir in Block 23. This block was planted with material from historic Heritage Block Pommard in Ponzi Vineyards.
La Belle was harvested and then destemmed entirely to produce a silky wine with seamless texture. Our destemmer is also a grape sorter, and only whole berries are selected for the fermenting tanks. The grapes were fed bin by bin, not pumped, into a 5-ton concrete fermenting tank. Fermentation began with gentle pump overs and included one or two punch downs towards the end of the cuvasion. Pigeage is done traditionally by foot. After fermentation, the wine aged in a combination of 25% new and 75% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank, prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a more delicate and round wine that is versatile. It can be enjoyed on its own or with light hors d’oeuvres such as liver mousse, foie gras, rabbit rillettes, paté de campagne, lightly smoked sausage, bacon-wrapped scallops, smoked salmon or whitefish, charcuterie plates, and cheese platters especially semi-hard, semi-soft brined and flourished rind cheeses.