La Rochelle Wines
If Pinot Noir is your passion, then La Rochelle Winery is where you belong. Their boutique collection of single- vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can be tasted in a charming converted barn, framed on either side by lush vineyards and a private garden—complete with a koi pond, picnic area and a shaded lawn for relaxing while you take in the views of the majestic Hood Mountain and Sugar Loaf Ridge.
The winemaking operations and tasting room were recently relocated to the heart of Sonoma Valley in Kenwood when thirty-year wine industry veteran Chuck Easley purchased the historic winery from close friends, Steven and June Mirassou. La Rochelle specializes in 17 single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, five Chardonnays, a Pinot Meunier and even a single-vineyard Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine.
Explore what makes the Pinot Noir varietal truly unique. The flagship experience is the Po·lyph·o·ny Tasting. Led by Chuck or one of La Rochelle’s wine educators, you will get an in-depth primer into the key aspects of crafting world-class Pinot Noir. Taste three Pinots made from the same vineyard block; each fermented with a different yeast strain. Learn first-hand how varying yeasts affect a finished wine’s final flavors and texture. Taste additional Pinot Noir from different regions and clones to explore the nuanced aromas and layers that Pinot lovers crave! End the experience by tasting Po·lyph·o·ny, La Rochelle’s most exclusive wine. Reserve a Po·lyph·o·ny Experience by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
(2 hours, $250 per person, applied to the purchase of 6 or more bottles). Introduction to La Rochelle Tastings are available for $20, Reserve Tastings are $50 per person.
Single-Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Sparkling Wine
La Rochelle produces more single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from more growing regions than any other winery in California.
How did La Rochelle Wines get its name?
In 1853, world-traveler Pierre Pellier sailed from the port of La Rochelle, France, destined for North America with Pinot-grape cuttings. Pellier's son-in-law, Pierre Mirassou, succeeded him years later and the family winery became known as Mirassou Vineyards (original founders of La Rochelle Winery).
La Rochelle’s Single Vineyard Selections:
Bacigalupi, Black Knight, Boekenogan, Deer Meadows (Richard Savoy), Deer Park, Donum Estate, Dutton Morelli Lane, El Coro, Miriah, Parliament Hills, Ferrington, Freestone Hill, Hays Estate, Londer, Mariah, McIntyre, Mission Ranch, Parliament Hill, Paraiso, Rosella’s, van der Kamp, Soberanes and Tondre Grapefield.