La Voix Tasting, Hollywood, CA November 4, 2015

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On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, La Voix Winery had its release party at Capitol Records in Hollywood. La Voix is a new project for Steve Clifton and his wife Chrystal, whose other projects include Brewer-Clifton (past) and Palmina (present). The new releases included a rosé and three Pinot Noirs.

La Voix mean “the voice,” and the concept behind the wines is to give voice to the grapes and the wines they produce. The packaging for the wines is quite unique, as each wine has its own proprietary name based on a song that is intended to evoke the feeling one might get when drinking the wine. Each wine has its hand-designed artwork on the front label that in turn is intended to tie into the song and the wine. While the labels don’t make the wine taste any differently, of course, the labels themselves are quite artistic.

Crafty 1a1. 2014 “She’s Crafty” Rosé of Pinot Noir. This rosé comes from the Santa Rita Hills AVA, from partial whole clusters, and spends 12 months in barrel. All of the La Voix wines are listed as being produced from native yeasts, and are aged in neutral oak. Ripe strawberry notes throughout, with a touch of citrus in the background. Overall, excellent acidity balancing out the fruit-forward wine, with a crisp, clean finish. A strong “yum plus.”


 

2. 2013 “Satisfaction” Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is from the Kessler-Haak Satisfaction 2Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, from partial whole clusters, and spent 16 months in barrel. A combination of 113, 115, 667, and 777 Dijon clones. Lots of plums and dark fruits in this Pinot, with enticing aromatics and just a touch of rhubarb. Of the three Pinots tasted, clearly the most approachable and user-friendly at this point. A strong “yum plus,” with “wow” potential in a few years

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Rebel 1a3. 2014 “Rebel Rebel” Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is from the Quinta Del Mar Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, from partial whole clusters, and spent 12 months in barrel. The vineyard is planted to 115 and 777 Dijon clones. Stylistically, a somewhat tarter acidity than the Satisfaction, but with darker fruit qualities and a bit more spices/herbs. A bigger, much more tannic wine than the Satisfaction, and a wine that should benefit from at least 2-4 years in the cellar and possibly more. Another strong “yum plus” with “wow” potential down the road.

 

4. 2012 “Reflektor” Pinot Noir. This Pinot Noir is from the Machada Reflektor 1aVineyard in the Santa Rita Hills, from partial whole clusters, and spent 18 months in barrel. This wine is made from then Mount Eden clone. This is a somewhat dark, dense, backward wine even at this stage; the tannins still take a bit of the center stage. Even the label is rather dark and brooding. Anyway, it is difficult for me to project what will happen to this wine with further cellaring; I suspect it could take up to 5 years or more to open up. I understand that La Voix will be using a different vineyard source in the future for the Reflektor Pinot, so the future style of Reflektor may end up being quite different than this 2012.

 

Band 1aThe venue for this tasting was unique; a recording studio at the fabled Capitol Records in Hollywood. Just walking down the hallways and seeing a photo of Frank Sinatra at work was a thrill in itself. The tasting was very well-organized, with plenty of excellent food (Full of Life flatbread, Sal from the now-closed Il Grano, and a Beverly Hills Cheese Store cheese station). In keeping with the musical theme of the new La Voix wines, there was live music playing throughout the tasting, including a performance by Steve Clifton and his band. This event may have spoiled me a bit for other public wine tastings!
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