La Follette 2009 Chardonnay Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge

Posted by Keith Wallace

Greg La Follette

Greg La Follette is not someone who would name a winery after himself. The winery was named Tandem until he sold it to Quivira Winery. The purchase agreement allowed him to keep running the winery with one small change: he had to put his name on the label.

Greg isn’t a well-known winemaker outside of the tight-knit community of Cali winemakers. He never was a superstar at a boutique winery. He is a quiet man who opted for positions outside the limelight. He was a researcher in U.C. Davis’ enology department.

André Tchelistcheff

He worked with André Tchelistcheff at Beaulieu Vineyards. He ran Chardonnay production for Yarra Ridge in Victoria, Australia. He consulted for Jarvis and Kendall-Jackson back in Cali. He designed the winery and winemaking program at Flowers.

PInot Noir & Chardonnay

In winemaking circles, he is known for his focus on the mouthfeel. His wines, especially his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, are remarkable for their complex and delineated textural components. His wines often lack the rich weight and powerhouse flavors of Cali’s luxpop bottlings. His wines offer up something closer to Burgundy.

Wine Review

This bottle is no exception. Aromas of ocean air and violets are underpinned with fresh pear. Medium-bodied with a wave of juicy blood orange flavors that merge into toasted clove and peach pit. The texture remains silky despite the bright freshness and curls like cream into a wildflower-accented finish. Beautiful. 91+ Points

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