Typical of this site, the earthy and pretty floral characters come through on the finish, and the plush velvety mouthfeel offers up subtle hints of oak and spice.
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.
2012 Is proving to be one of my favourite vintages; it has all of the intense black and red cherry fruit from the 2011 vintage, and the amazing structure of the 2009.