Above: tuna poke (pronounced poh-keh) and Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir by the glass at Hayashi in Cedar Park, Austin.
1335 E Whitestone Blvd # T140
Cedar Park TX 78613
1019 W University Ave # 205
Georgetown TX 78628
Mosaic Wine Group recently visited owner and chef Lin Cheng at Hayashi in Cedar Park, where Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir is proudly poured by the glass. The décor at Hayashi is chic and the music is hip (think 1960s yé-yé) and the sushi is the among the best we’ve ever had. The bright flavors and gorgeous acidity in Laetitia’s Pinot Noir pair brilliantly with the bold spiciness of Lin’s tuna poke.
Above: Chef and owner Lin Cheng — twenty-something successful entrepreneur — may just be Austin’s most eligible bachelor.
Here’s what the winemaker Eric Hickey had to say about the 2007 Laetitia Estate Pinot Noir:
- Pinot Noir yields were down in 2007 by 20% as compared to historic averages. As with many low-yielding vintages, the grapes were healthy and the flavors very good. Due to cool weather, this 2007 Estate Pinot Noir has slightly higher acidity. In a true test of the vintage’s merit, this wine did not require fining. All lots of Pinot Noir showed concentrated color upon de-stemming. The cold soak was 3 days and a quick fermentation occurred over a 4-day period. The Estate Pinot was aged for 11 months in an exclusive selection of French barriques, a combination of Francois Freres and Rousseau; with 30% being new oak.