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Vineyard: Aubaine

OwnerBob McHolland
AppellationArroyo Grande Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Loring Wine Company Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.7% alc., $50, screwcap. · Dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. Well-spiced black raspberry aromas hinting of whole cluster. Delicious and hedonistic, with full-bodied flavors of dark berries, black cherries, exotic spices and mocha. A huge wine that still has some grip and lift and is appealing for its tamed tannins and balanced composure. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 143 cases, $40. This 12-acre vineyard is south of Laetitia Winery on the eastern side of Highway 101. Primarily 667 with a small amount of 777. 33% whole cluster. 50/50 inoculated and native fermentation. Aged 17 months in 50% new Francois Frères French oak barrels. Unfiltered. · Dark purple color in the glass. Scent of loganberry jam, raw beef, and roasted plum. Deep plum flavor with a subtle sidecar of spice, dark chocolate and citrus. Very seductive velvety mouth feel with a robust, long, long finish. Beautiful integration of oak. This wine can be a ball buster, but it is a chiseled ballerina in this vintage that is oozing charm. Always a terroir-driven wine of distinction. Reviewed March 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Loring Wine Company Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., screw cap. · Very dark purple color in the glass. Aromas of oak toast, plum sauce, soy and cigar box. Purple fruit driven with reigned-in tannins creating a velvety texture. Very easy to drink with admirable balance of fruit, tannin and acidity. The next day from a previously opened and re-screwed bottle the wine had taken on a porty, cooked character. This wine will have many fans, but drink it now. Good Reviewed April 23, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $40. · This is not a wine for sissies: you have been forewarned. This vineyard offers big-boned darker fruit with flamboyant tannins. That said, winemaker Mike Sinor has managed to tame the beast, and the wine offers a big gulp of very ripe fruit with plenty of staying power on the finish. The wine is muscular but retains some welcoming charm and possesses an appealing soft mouth feel. Needs a big ribeye. Good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

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2008 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 148 cases, $40. This 14-acre vineyard is located just off Highway 101 between the towns of Arroyo Grande and Nipomo. Clones 667 and 777. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Scent of moss, crushed rock, earth, oak and cut flowers, with modest fruit aroma. Intense and powerful flavors of red and black fruits with hints of anise, prune and grilled mushrooms. Nicely corralled and not as rugged and daunting as this vineyard is prone to be, with well proportioned tannins and a lengthy finish. Picks up interest and charm over time in the glass. A distinctive and unusual bottling that abounds with character and is very site-specific. Very good. Reviewed May 15, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 151 cases, $40. This 14-acre vineyard is located just off Highway 101 between the towns of Arroyo Grande and Nipomo. At an elevation of 840 feet, it overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The wine comes from three different parts of the vineyard planted to Dijon clones 667 and 777. · Dark purple color in the glass. Shy scents of black stone and berry fruits, dried herbs and green tea that expand in the glass over time. Rich and opulent black cherry and black raspberry flavors with a complimentary underpinning of earthiness and oak. Smooth as a baby’s bottom and almost viscous in texture. Very leathery but in a $2,000 Prada coat kind of way. Still has some tannins to shed and some integration to achieve, and a little alcohol peaks out as it warms in the glass, but this is a prodigious wine. Very good. Reviewed November 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $35. · Very dark reddish-purple color. Super ripe dark fruited aromas with some prune and marzipan notes. Dark, dark black cherry and black raspberry saucy fruit with hints of raisin and musk, finegrain tannins, a velvety texture and a crisp, clean finish. A Pinot that exhibits a considerable amount of power that has been corralled nicely into a well-balanced libation. Reviewed November 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Whitcraft Winery Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

15.1% alc.. · Deep, dark purple color in the glass. Bright roasted dark stone fruits with oak char in the background. Dense, bold and muscular with a sweetness coming from the alcohol. Thick, grainy tannins with a chemical note appearing in the aftertaste. Very little to recommend here. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Whitcraft Winery Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

15.1% alc.. · Deeply colored. Bright dark roasted fruits with noticeable oak char on the nose. In the mouth the wine is packed with dense dark stone fruits with some sweetness evident from the alcohol. Thick and chewy with bold tannins and a grainy texture. An off-putting chemical note brings up the aftertaste. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed March 11, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2004 Sinor-LaVallee Aubaine Vineyards Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 176 cases, $35. Clones 667 and 777. · Reserved aromas of berry jam and oak char lead to viscous black and blue fruit flavors, tastes of tar, earth and dark chocolate and moderate drying tannins. A big wine that is still “one big rich pussycat.” Reviewed November 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »