VINEYARD NOTES: 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.
TASTING NOTES: This 2012 offering, although not labelled as the Tondre’ Grapefield is entirely from that vineyard. The main difference is barrel selection and amount of oak on the wine. This wine shows an element of smoky oak and an intensity of red and black cherry fruit. It shows the wonderful full soft elegant palate that all of the 2012s have which make it perfect for drinking now.