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Wine of the Week: Laetitia Pinot Noir (wow!)

The Laetitia winery is located in one of the most picturesque valleys of the Arroyo Grande AVA (America Viticultural Area) in San Luis Obispo, California. But there’s much more to its beauty than meets the eye.

The vineyards were planted in 1982 by some of the world’s greatest Champagne experts from France: they had a dream of making world-class méthode champenoise wines in California using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (just as in Champagne). The Arroyo Grande’s proximity to the ocean provided the cool evening breezes they were looking for and its rolling valleys provided the ideal growing conditions: cool breeze from the sea is channeled to the vineyards naturally thanks to the landscape.

And while Laetitia continues to this day to make some of the best sparkling wine in America, the estate also produces some of California’s best Pinot Noir, like the estate Pinot Noir that we serve by the glass here at Siena.

Here’s the tasting note that owner Stan Adams wrote for the current vintage: “incredibly rich forward fruit, dark cherry floral nose, touch of spice & forest floor, long smooth finish, WOW!”

When you talk about California Pinot Noir, most people think immediately of the Russian River Valley. Come see why Arroyo Grande is California’s best kept Pinot Noir secret at Siena! Just $11.50 by the glass.

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