2017 Tondré Grapefield Pinot Noir
Whether drawing upon our own vineyards or working with exceptional neighboring properties, our winemaking team has a long track record of crafting world-class Pinot Noir.
Tondré Grapefield has earned a reputation as one of the Santa Lucia Highlands’ top vineyards. Well-drained hillside soils and crop size limited by afternoon fog and cool breezes are a recipe for great Pinot Noir. Tondré Grapefield is the result of Tondré Alarid’s desire to establish a vineyard, and his son Joe’s resolve to produce ultra-premium wine grapes.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. Manual punch downs produced a wine with supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 11 months of aging.
On the nose is wild cherry, highlighted by sassafrass and pine forest. Red fruit and wet earth are framed by balanced acidity, making this wine extremely food friendly. Grilled salmon, roast chicken, or Beef Bourguignon are all great pairings.
A History of Acclaim
2017 Vintage: 94 Points - PinotFile
- 94 Points - PinotFile
- 92 Poitns - Jeb Dunnuck
2015 Vintage: 92 Points - PinotFile
2014 Vintage: 94 Points - PinotFile
2012 Vintage: 91 Points - Wine Advocate
2011 Vintage: 91 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide
2009 Vintage: 93 Points - Pinot Report
2008 Vintage: 91 Points - Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar