2016 Pinot Noir Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands

$45.00

Overview

Tondré Alarid established a vineyard on his family’s historic ranch in Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands. In the hands of his son Joe Alarid, the estate has become one of the S.L.H.’s best known properties. Literally next door to famed Garys’ Vineyard, Tondre shares the same well-drained hillside soils and crop-limiting afternoon fog and cool winds from nearby Monterey Bay. The combination of a perfect site and meticulous farming makes for truly great Pinot Noir. From Tim’s tasting notes: Lots of strawberry and raspberry flavors accented with fresh red flowers and sage. On the palate, white pepper, a hint of spice, and decadent white chocolate complement the long finish. Pair with savory pork chops or a green lentil curry. Only 275 cases were produced.


Tasting Notes

From Tim’s tasting notes: Lots of strawberry and raspberry flavors accented with fresh red flowers and sage. On the palate, white pepper, a hint of spice, and decadent white chocolate complement the long finish. Pair with savory pork chops or a green lentil curry.

Vinification

After a cold soak, fermentation began using yeast RC212 in small, open top bins. Manual punchdowns of the cap occurred three times daily prior to the wine being pressed and “barreled down” for eleven months aging in small French oak cooperage, thirty-seven percent of which was new wood. Just 227 cases were bottled in late August of 2017.

Vineyard Sources

Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard: Tondré Grapefield
Grower: Joe Alarid

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%

Cooperage: French Oak, 37% New, 11 months

Bottling Date: August 2017

Production: 227

2016 Pinot Noir Tondré Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands