2019 Tondré Pinot Noir
Tondré Alarid and son Joe Alarid, both steeped in California’s agricultural history, planted Tondré Grapefield in 1997. Exposed southeast facing slopes, strong marine influence, and well-draining glacial soils are the recipe for ultra-premium fruit. Tondré Grapefield is SIP Certified, underlining the Alarids’ commitment to sustainable farming practices.
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 45% new French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and ten months of aging.
On the nose is black cherry, highlighted by espresso bean and subtle turned earth. Flavors of blue fruit and sassafras are framed by a medium body with elegant chalky tannins, making this wine extremely food friendly. Grilled salmon, roast chicken, or beef bourguignon are all great pairings.
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“Another beautiful Pinot Noir from Morgan, the Tondré Grapefield rests in 45% new French oak for 10 months. Starting off a touch reductive on the nose upon opening, it quickly opens up to present complex and interesting aromas of blueberry, marionberry, potpourri, peppered charcuterie and roasted coffee. It’s a bit funky on the nose, but in a good way. The palate is not as complex as the nose, giving flavors of blue plum, black raspberry, toasted baking spice and a hint of brown mushroom. Medium acidity, medium tannin and medium-plus body complete this interesting and outstanding wine.” - Jeremy Young, August 2021
“Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, spice, toast and burnt tobacco. Mid-weight flavors of plum, blueberry, boysenberry and black raspberry with a touch of spice and espresso. Refreshing to drink, with a generous and very lengthy finish.” - Rusty Gaffney, October 2021