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Joel M. Fisher PhD of LA WineFest tastes Lola Wines

Very recently I was notified that a Sonoma winery had registered for the 13th Annual LA WineFest.  Problem was I had never tasted the wines.  So, I called their office in Calistoga and eventually located Tatiana Tomain in Florida on her way back from Brazil.  She spends a lot of her time there selling them wine, but is also a partner with Seth Cripe, a well-known winemaker.  From this beginning contact, she worked her way from tastings in Pasadena and Toluca Lake CA and there to me.

Second came a 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast, 12.8% alcohol.  Probably under 2000 cases, made a lot of fruit on the palate – cherries, raspberries on the nose, maybe spice and tropical fruit.  This was not a heavy wine, was approachable, had a good finish, and I thought it could be a good food wine.



The third wine poured was a Lola Pinot Noir, North Coast 2016, alcohol 13.4%.  The wine, from the Russian River had veggie on the nose, and a strong garnet color.  The nose opened to black cherry, other berries, and a rich texture.  I thought this was a big wine, notwithstanding the alcohol content, and the hint of pepper on the palate  I would drink this sample with lamb chops on a kabob and enjoy the mixture.


So, yes, I guess this is a complicated wine, perhaps because of the strong French Oak influence — 100% the first years, 20% the second.  Released in 2014, you can enjoy this to 2020-2022.  Balanced tannic, favorable tannic structure, good finish.  My favorite of the trio.

LA WineFest Founder Joel M. Fisher PhD
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