The Tondre’ vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands, south of Salinas and west of Gonzales, has become well known for pinot noir over the years. Located in the central part of the appellation, it is cooled primarily by fog which enhances the spicy characters of the grapes. Home to many great vineyards such as the Gary’s, which we used to make in the early noughties, (that’s the 2000s for the non Brits in the crowd.) the Tondre’ vineyard which happens to be a neighbour of the Gary’s, hails our return to this magnificent appellation.
Typical of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, spicy aromatics are dominant due to its coldfoggy climate. There is a wonderful bright red cherry fruitiness to this wine with subtle well integrated oak components such as vanilla and nutmeg. The 2010 is a medium weight wine with balanced acidity, velvety tannins and a wonderful depth of fruit that keeps on going all the way to the finish.