2016 Tondre Grapefield Pinot Noir
Medium ruby in color. Aromas of cherry, plum, baking spices, mushrooms. On the palate: silky tannins and weight, spicy cherries & earthiness.
Santa Lucia Highlands
September 7, 2016
French oak barrels, 55% new
August 25, 2017
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
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.