2006 Carneros Pinot Noir
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About the Vineyard...
The Toyon Farm is located on the eastern, Napa, side of Carneros, on a fan-shaped, south-west facing slope.
Underneath the typical Carneros clay and alluvial soils are layers of shale, which add spicy notes to the darker,
more brooding flavors and aromas. We planted this vineyard the first block of this vineyard in 1998 with cuttings
originating from the Swan estate in the Russian River Valley--and these, in turn, were brought from Burgundy by
Joseph Swan in the 1950’s and ’60’s. Our selection of Swan clones tends to produce smaller berries and deep
structures. So, in 1999, we added a block of Dijon 115, which with its characteristic perfume and lighter fruit
notes, provides a winning complement to the Swan.
About the Vintage...
The 2006 vintage was one of the longest, coolest, seasons we can recall, with small, compact berries and low
harvest yields. Harvest started in the end of September and stretched into early October giving us a compact and
hectic vintage. Our Carneros Pinot Noir was harvested on September 23rd. A vintage to be appreciated for
elegance, balance, and complexity.
About the Wine...
We separated the entire lot into 1 ton, open-top fermenters, employing traditional punch-downs by hand in order
to achieve optimal extraction. About 5% of the fruit was fermented as whole clusters, and we co-fermented some
of the Swam and Dijon 115 lots, adding new layers of complexity and harmony between the different fruits. The
wine was aged in an array of French cooperage, nearly half new, and gently racked once prior to bottling. Wine
analysis: Alc. 14.5 %, pH 3.74, TA 6.0 g/l. , RS 0.01 g/l. 1000 cases produced.
The nose abounds with fresh cherry, plum, raspberry, and lilac, with a whiff of clove and dried herbs. The palate
opens to lush, ripe strawberry with some tannic weightiness. A nice acidic uplift is followed by layers of dense,
brooding, and darker flavors: black cherry, cocoa, and blackberry. It finishes with earthiness, toasted woods, and
a lingering dried and fresh fruits from stretching from the beginning. Ages beautifully, 5-10 years.