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Pinot Noir Experience

This is where we recommend you start your journey with La Rochelle
You will receive Six - Exclusive, Small-Lot, Single Vineyard Pinot Noir's delivered to your door. Each wine is unique. You will become familiar with six vineyards from distinct growing regions, with clones selected to create cpmplexity and reflect the unique teroir of the specific site.   
You will receive three shipments - January, March & September.
In each shipment, you will receive four bottles of Pinot Noir, made exclusively for our members. Every wines tells a story. Think of each new wine as a chapter in a book. As you experience each new release the story of what is possible with Pinot Noir,  from California's most sought after vineyards will start to unfold. After you have become familiar with the regions and vineyards, we invite you to experience any of our other membership options.
 
With every new release you will also receive a special offer or two and access to our entire portfolio to add to your collection. 

 


 
 

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Pinot Noir Experience - Member Benefits

As a member you will have priority access to all wines in the La Rochelle portfolio.
You will receive three shipments - January, March & September.
In each shipment, you will receive four bottles of Pinot Noir, made exclusively for our members. Every wine tells a story. Think of each new wine as a chapter in a book. As you experience each new release the story of what is possible with Pinot Noir from California's most sought after vineyards, will start to unfold.
After you have become familiar with the regions and vineyards, we invite you to experience any of our other membership options.
 
With every new release you will also receive a special offer or two and access to our entire portfolio to add to your collection. 
 

As a Member you will also receive:

  • Special Member Pricing  on all Pinot Noir Experience Wines and on all other current releases, online and at our tasting room.

  • Complimentary shipping on full case orders.

  • Ability to purchase Library Selections at special member prices.

  • Complimentary tasting for you and your guests at our Kenwood Winery.

  • Our undying gratitude.

  • VIP Invitations to winery events.

  • Access to purchase all exclusive wines on a first-come first-serve basis.   Check the website early in the year to see which wines are available to you. The majority of our wines are only available to our members. 

Club Choices
January 2020

2017 PINOT NOIR - VAN DER KAMP VINEYARD - SONOMA MOUNTAIN

Notes from Chuck: It's back! The inaugural release of the van der Kamp Vineyard sold out within 60 days. actually I have a few cases stashed o see how this wine will develop over the years. All signs point to a wine with tremendous aging potential and the ability to show just how elegant a Pinot Noir can be... with time.

I will say it again,,, If it's possible to taste passion and love for growing grapes and sharing joy, the van der Kamp family makes it happen. You are going to love this wine. Cheers - Chuck.

Regular Price $60 - Special Member Price $48

 

2016 PINOT NOIR - BLACK KNIGHT VINEYARD - BENNETT VALLEY

Notes from Chuck: I like to refer to this vineyard as Area 51. It is just a crazy weird anomaly of a site in Bennet Valley. In what seems to be the cauldron of an old volcano sits the Black Knight Vineyard. Pinot and Chardonnay have found their ideal playground here.

The cold air settles into the cauldron and the temperatures are always much lower than the surrounding area. The vines fight for water through soil which is made up of clay-loam with rich deposits of petrified wood scattered throughout the vineyard.  Cold and sunny describes many of our classic sites and this may be the coldest and sunniest of them all. We wait for full maturity of flavors to develop and we are always rewarded with incredible complexity and beautiful balance. 

 

Regular Price $60 - Special Member Price $48

4 bottles min  - 36 bottles max
2017 Pinot Noir - van der Kamp Vineyard - Sonoma Mountain - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48 ( 2 min max )
2016 Pinot Noir - Black Knight Vineyard - Bennett Valley - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48 ( 2 min max )
2015 Pinot Noir - Parliament Hills Vineyard - Petaluma Gap - Reg. Price $80 - Special Member Price $48 ( 0 min 8 max )
2014 Recherché Reserve Pinot Noir - Donum Estate Vineyard - Carneros - Reg. Price $100 - Special Member Price $48 ( 0 min 8 max )
March 2020

A Little Something Special

RECHERCHÉ RESERVE PINOT NOIR - DEER MEADOWS  VINEYARD - ANDERSON VALLEY

Notes from Chuck: This is a magnificent example of Pinot Noir from the highest elevation vineyard in the Anderson Valley appellation. This wine is usually reserved for our Recherché Reserve Members. I have just enough to include it in this Pinot Noir Experience Release. Before you shudder at the $125 price point... You will receive this wine at $60 per bottle. Those of you that know mw well already realize I'm offering this as a gateway to our Recherché Reserve wines. You will thank me now and curse me later as you fall in love with our most sought after, and a bit more expensive, releases. 

Cheers - Chuck

Regular Price $125 - Your Special Member Price for this Release Only $60

 

2016 PINOT NOIR - EL CORO VINEYARD - PETALUMA GAP

Notes from Chuck: When sunlight and cool temperatures are present, great Pinot Noir is possible. Experience the magic of Petaluma Gap and the complexity of the "Choir," El Coro Vineyard.

Cheers - Chuck

Regular Price $60 - Special Member Price $48

4 bottles min  - 36 bottles max
2014 Recherché Reserve Pinot Noir - Deer Meadows Vineyard - Anderson Valley - Reg. Price $125 - Special Member Price $60 ( 2 min max )
2016 Pinot Noir - El Coro Vineyard - Petaluma Gap - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48 ( 2 min max )
2017 Pinot Meunier - Parliament Hills Vineyard - Petaluma Gap - Regular Price $48 - Special Member Price $36
2017 Recherché Reserve Chardonnay - Easley Estate Vineyard - Sonoma Valley - Regular Price $65 - Special Member Price $48
September 2020

2017 Pinot Noir - Bacigalupi Vineyard - Russian River Valley

Instructions for use, from Chuck: Make this an annual event upon the release of this incredible wine.

Drive up to Healdsburg or your place of peace. Park at the river beach. Rent kayaks. Have a secret little stash of some baguette sandwiches, cheese and truffle Marcona almonds. (Oh yeah - and a botlle of Baci Pinot Noir.) Red Solo cups are perfectly acceptable for this excursion but go-vinos are ideal. Find a secluded bend in the river, pop the bottle open and soak it all in. Be sure to take a selfie.

Maybe I forgot to mention... do this with a person that you believe is magnificent. Surprise them with the treats and the wine. 

One day far down the road, when you and your magnificent friend have had an "ordinary" day. Head out to the porch, pop open your second botlle... welcome back to the serenity of the river.  

Regular Price $60 - Special Member Price $48

 

2016 Pinot Noir - Tondre Grapefield - Santa Lucia Highlands

Serving Suggestions, from Chuck: Lamb or mushrooms, or both need to be present for this wine. Maybe... braised lamb shank with mushroom risotto. 

Unlike trying to jump a motorcycle over a mailbox... you should try this at home.

A Favorite Local Recipe 

Regular Price $60 - Special Member Price $48

4 bottles min  - 48 bottles max
2016 Pinot Noir - Bacigalupi Vineyard - Russian River Valley - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48 ( 1 min max )
2017 Pinot Noir - Bacigalupi Vineyard - Russian River Valley - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48 ( 1 min max )
2016 Pinot Noir - Tondre Grapefield - Santa Lucia Highlands - Reg. Price $60 - Special Member Price $48
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