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2016 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir Pommard Image

2016 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir Pommard

The “Pommard” clone has been a dominant component of our previous bottlings of Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir and it is our absolute favorite Pinot Noir to make and drink – hands down. This wine is medium ruby in color with aromas of cherry, plum, baking spices and mushrooms.  On the palate: silky tannins and weight, spicy cherries & earthiness.

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$58.00
 
SKU: 2001
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Tondre Grapefield
Harvest Date
September 7, 2016
Aging
14 months
Fermentation
French Oak Barrels, 50% new
Bottling Date
August 25, 2017
Alcohol %
14.6
Production Notes
38 cases
Winemaker Notes
The “Pommard” selection of Pinot Noir has been around in California for quite some time. Dr. Harold Olmo of the University of California at Davis brought it over from Pommard, France in 1951. It was propagated and eventually planted in vineyards throughout Oregon and Californian and was the dominant selection until the early 1990’s when West Coast grapevines began to fail to Phylloxera. Luckily it survived replanting in some vineyards or was planted in new vineyards by vineyardists who chose to value diversity. “Pommard” has been a dominant component of our previous bottlings of Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir and it is our absolute favorite Pinot Noir to make and drink – hands down. The grapes were harvested by hand and transported to the winery and fermented there, using 15% whole clusters. After fermentation the wine gently drained and pressed, settled in a tank overnight, then put down to barrel where it underwent malolactic fermentation and ageing sur lies.
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Vineyard Notes
Located on the eastern side of River Road, this site has well-drained sandy- loam soil with southwestern exposure (not to mention a resplendent view of the Salinas Valley below). The region receives plentiful sunshine during the day but is cooled in the afternoon by ocean breezes that sweep through the Salinas Valley from Monterey Bay. All of these characteristics make this one of the country’s premier grape growing regions. Tondre Alarid, the patriarch of the Alarid family & lifelong farmer, planted 6-1/2 acres of wine grapes in 1997 – naming it a “Grapefield” to reflect his family’s farming heritage – but the vineyard has since grown to just over 100 acres under the management of Joe, Tondre’s son. This vineyard is SIP Certified by Sustainability in Practice
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