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.
The 2013 vintage from this wonderful vineyard offers up a glorious array of bright red fruits: Red bing cherries, cranberries and hints of raspberries. The dominant, racy characters of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA also come shining through: briar patch, rose petals and potpourri. The palate shows off these traits and mixes in a bit of oak spice, vanilla and nutmeg with hints of cinnamon.