Pinot with Personality
A visit to LaMontagne winery in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto will stimulate your senses in many different ways! Kimberly Smith, owner and winemaker, will greet you with a huge, effusive smile, her raucous laughter, and take you step by step through her love of wine and the enticing line up of award winning wines she crafts for her wine loving fans. Each bottle is reflective of Kimberly’s unique ‘geographical’ tongue, relying on her unique sense of taste and smell, to craft her wines every step of the way from vineyard to bottle. Her success is evident by the annual succession of awards LaMontagne wines have received since the initial release in 2010. Each bottle has a personality of its own, and it’s one you are certain to enjoy and appreciate.
Passion and Perfection Driven
A foodie and wine lover, Kimberly will tell you she would purchase ($50) bottles of wine, and pour them down the drain; they were not exciting and possessed no personality. Following serious health issues, in 2006 she started taking classes at Alan Hancock College, and was fortunate to meet Wes Hagen of Clos Pepe. Hagen mentored Kimberly for three years, encouraging her to make her own wine. The initial Pinot Noir, a 2010 “Theron” spent 18 months in barrel being released in mid-2012. This first release won Double Gold at Affairs of the Vine, Pinot Shoot Out. The path was set for this “never intended to be a winemaker” passionate woman, and she has never looked back.
Tasting: The LaMontagne Way
Kimberly is not only passionate about the wine she produces, she is also a purist. Avoiding blending, she crafts only single vineyard, single clone wines reflecting the terroir the grape comes from. As Kimberly says, the wines are ready to bottle “when they sing.” You will experience these singing wines when you visit the tasting room. To display the character of the wine, each wine tasting experience is complemented with a small charcuterie and gourmet bread plate. Although the focus is on Pinot Noir, depending on the time of year and availability, you may be fortunate enough to taste a Rose, a crisp Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah or Tempranillo. You will taste 5-7 wines and be treated to Kimberly’s passion.
The Wine Club Family
Everyone entering the tasting room instantly becomes part of the family; joining the wine club you cement your relationship, guaranteeing yourself an ongoing supply of these small lot production gems. There are different shipment options to choose from, but the most unique factor is that you pick the wine you want in the shipment. In addition to free tastings and access to newly released vintages, Kimberly puts on two “blow out” parties each year for club members, opening up her home. Each January she hosts a Paella and Pinot event, and in August is the annual Pork & Pinot event, which features a pig roast paired with award winning Pinots. Kimberly describes Pork & Pinot as “hedonism at its best.” Sign up for the wine club now so you don’t miss this upcoming happening on August 20th. LaMontagne wines are mostly available only through the tasting room and wine club. Due to the small production of these premium wines, the wine club is approaching full capacity.