Laetitia Vineyard & Winery, Arroyo Grande Valley (Central Coast, California) Pinot Noir Estate 2018

($27):  It’s rare to see a Pinot Noir of this stature for less than $30 a bottle.  The grapes for this fruit-forward Pinot Noir come entirely from Laetitia’s vineyards, which means they control all of the farming, and, importantly, the timing of the harvest.  It conveys bright and ripe red fruit-like flavors without being over the top or jammy.  A whiff of vanilla from oak aging doesn’t dominate or overwhelm the wine’s fruitiness.   Tannins are fine, making this suavely texture Pinot Noir ideal for current consumption.
88 Michael Apstein Apr 28, 2020