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Selim Zilkha, the founder of a successful wind power development company, purchased the Laetitia Estate Vineyards almost twenty years ago. With his environmental background and firm belief in sustainability, Laetitia has taken great care to protect their land. Now, as a certified member of the Sustainability-in-Practice (or SIP) wineries, they continue to produce high-quality wines in the most Eco-friendly ways.

Our panel recently reviewed a few of their current releases.

 

Grape(s): Chardonnay

Region: San Luis Obispo County

Special Designation: Arryo Grande Valley

Year: 2010

Price:

Review

A bouquet of pineapple and mango melds with suggestions of smoke, white pepper, and oak on the nose. Tropical fruit flavors are accented by notes of vanilla, white spice, and fresh minerals on the palate. It’s a fairly dry white, with some lively highlights, that still has nice, welcoming fruit. If you’re not a fan of vanilla, this is a Chardonnay for you.

Rating: 89

Farming Certification: Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Region: San Luis Obispo County

Special Designation: Reserve Du Domaine

Year: 2010

Price: 35-40

Review

Aromas of raspberries and red plums meld with notes of roast meat and oak. Cherry and raspberry jam flavors emerge on the palate accented by hints of spice, dusty earth, and game. A Pinot with balanced acidity and jammy fruit, if you prefer that style, this is a bottle for you. Give it some breathing time before enjoying.

Rating: 89

Farming Certification: Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Region: San Luis Obispo County

Special Designation: Arryo Grande Valley

Year: 2010

Price: 20-25

Review

This blend of 10 different Pinot clones offers aromatics of strawberries and cherries that meld with notes of earth and light spices. A sip delivers flavors of bright red berries that are accented by suggestions of spice, earth, and vanilla. Nicely balanced between lush and lively, if you enjoy Pinots with nice fruit and a friendly acidity, give this bottle a try.

Rating: 88

Farming Certification: Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™