The 2014 La Pitchoune Chardonnay from Chenoweth Vineyard was crowned the best premium Chardonnay ($45+) at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, being named Best of Class.
Founded in 2012 by Peter & Tracy Nielsen, La Pitchoune was established with the vision of creating beautifully balanced wines by combining the consistent and predictable weather of Sonoma with true old-word techniques. In a world filled with consumer demands to produce wines that can be enjoyed immediately, La Pitchoune wines are going against the grain and people are beginning to take notice.
The SFCWC Best of Class winners, are widely regarded as among the best wines in America. Due to the SFCWC’s size and the expertise of the judging panel, this competition is often considered the ultimate barometer for wine consumers to select and measure wine.
“The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the definitive competition for American wines. To win a medal here – to stand out in a crowd of 7,000-plus submissions – is an enormous accomplishment for a winery,” said Esther Mobley, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine, Beer and Spirits editor.”
The persistent and steadfast vision of co-founder Tracy Nielsen, who also happens to be the Assistant Winemaker, is what has so quickly enabled La Pitchoune to rise to the top, receiving awards and praise from acclaimed press, industry peers as well as customers. “At La Pitchoune, the wines always come first. While others are racing to release their wines as quickly as possible, we prefer to nurture and age our wines. We only recently released our 2014 wines to the public for a reason, they are complex and nuanced and require some time in the bottle to really come into their own. The wonderful thing about receiving this recognition from SFCWC is that these wines are only going to get better over time”, continues Tracy.
La Pitchoune Master Winemaker, Andrew Berge, comments on the distinction: “Being named Best of Class is a great honor and the result of working closely with our wine-growers over a number of years to implement our sustainable farming practices that truly reflect the old-world style of wine that we aim to create at La Pitchoune. The 2014 wines demonstrate exceptional purity and balance unmatched by any vintage of recent memory that have provided an excellent foundation to really showcase what La Pitchoune is about”.
Aside from receiving the best of class distinction for the 2014 Chenoweth Chardonnay, La Pitchoune also received medals for the 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, the 2014 Holder Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2016 Chenin Blanc.
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