Vineyard: La Colline

AppellationArroyo Grande Valley
StoryA Laetitia estate vineyard.
Dates Planted1981 and 1998
Location4 miles from the Pacific Ocean at the base of an ancient volcano.
SoilsDense clay with pockets of volcanic rock and marine sediments.
VarietiesPinot Noir
ManagersLino Bozzano

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2015 Laetitia Single Vineyard La Colline Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $60. Name means “The Hillside” in French. Sourced from low-yielding blocks in the heart of the Laetitia estate vineyard. Only produced in exceptional vintages. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Nicely appointed aromas of cherry reduction sauce, rose petal, pomegranate and terra cotta. Light to mid weight cherry core with a subtle smoky note in the background. Inviting juiciness and balanced fine-grain tannins, finishing a bit flat and short. The aromatics are the most appealing feature of this wine at this stage. I have had much better examples of this wine in previous vintages. Score: 89. Reviewed January 20, 2018 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Tantara La Colline Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.40, 383 cases, $48. La Colline is part of Laetitia Vineyard, located four miles inland from the Pacific Ocean at the base of Picacho Peak, an extinct volcano. Own-rooted Martini clone planted in 1981. Average yields 2.1 tons per acre. 80% de-stemmed, 20% whole cluster fermented with native yeast. Aged 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels. · The nose is primary with subdued fruit and aromas of wet leaf, earth and subtle oak. Dark red fruits are discreetly composed with an earthy, grilled mushroom underpinning. Beautifully balanced with supple tannins and juicy acidity. Plenty of charming fruit waiting to get out in this backward wine. Patience will be rewarded. Very good. Reviewed March 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Laetitia La Colline Old Vine Martini Clone 12 Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

Lovely aromatics of wild berries and cherries. Black cherry flavor core with earthy highlights. Lively acidity. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Laetitia La Colline Young Vine Clones 459, 667 Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir

More leafy and more oaky on nose. Charming dark Pinot fruits with smoke accents. More tannin evident. Reviewed March 23, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »