La Follette embraces the old-world concept of terroir: that each individual vineyard site has a unique expression, that can be expressed through the wines made from grapes grown in that place. The winemaker's role is to create a wine that is transparent to the site, pure in its expression and enjoyable to drink. As we work with these sites, vintage after vintage, our understanding deepens and the wines become more reflective of that place, at that time. .
In producing the most distinctive site-driven Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, La Follette partners with family-owned and farmed vineyards that are committed to maximizing the potential of their unique site, working with them to execute the viticultural directives that La Follette develop with them. These directives are guided by decades of analyzing soil composition, a vine’s biology, and the finished wine’s intended characteristics.