2017 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands
Strawberry, Mushroom, Rhubarb
- 3 days cold soak (30% whole cluster)
- Fermented 12 days in plastic open-top bins
- Fermented warm to 90 degrees
- Punched down 2–3 times daily
- Aged 11 months in French oak (40% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker & Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Pinot Noir is an early maturing, cool climate variety that is associated with both the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. The clones planted at Tondre Grapefield are Pommard 4 and 777. Pommard 4 produces wines more in the Old World style, with earth, loam, and mushroom character; whereas, 777 is a Dijon clone that brings a bright, fruity character to Pinot Noir.
Tondre Grapefield is located on the east side of the Santa Lucia Highlands in the cool northern part of the Salinas Valley. This vineyard is a newer planting of Pinot Noir vines in mainly sandy loam soils. The vines are planted 20 degrees north-south and east-west, allowing maximum, even sun exposure.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly smaller size crop with good intensity and flavor.