WINES & TASTING NOTES
2010 Walnut Hill Reserve
Introducing a “new kid in the neighborhood”!
We produced 35 cases from a collaboration of estate Toluca Lane & a neighboring small vineyard just down the hill from us.
The birds in 2010 helped keep the yields very low.
Appearance: A light, but vibrant ruby color with dazzling clarity.
Nose: Pleasant and inviting aromas of lilacs with a tad of vanilla and some sweet notes of wild strawberries.
Taste: Black raspberries emerge accompanied by soft overtones of citrus. As it airs there is an essence of blackberry and then an exotic flavor -- passionfruit? This wine doesn’t just evolve but the flavors that are redolent metamorphose into another spectrum of flavors.
After taste: Smooth and silky. . . . The after taste builds in flavor and hangs on the palate. Soft vanilla and berries fade into cherries and floral notes. It has a long, clean finish which melds into nuances of lavender.
Overall: The 2010 is delicious and elegant with a natural, but stealth-like acidity that aids in it’s ability to be enjoyed even with strong flavored foods. What a fun wine that is anything but static!
It is important to remember, we produced 35 cases and you will not see this combo again! As always, our wines are unfiltered and unfined.
$36 per bottle 10% discount per case/ 20% on multi-cases
2009 Toluca Lane Pinot Noir
The nose commences with an array of aromatics reminiscent of ripe black fruits, such as black currants and elderberries. The mid-palate continues to exude dark fruit, even mulberries and then onto earth and floral notes. The finish is full of even more ripe, black fruit with an underlying sense of “tender” oak. It is huge, but a low alcohol Pinot. It reveals bright acidity with immense fruit, but is silky smooth.
The winemaker is reminded of the famous description of great Burgundies: “An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove”.
After tasting the 2008 during a 2 month period, we both agreed on the same single barrel! The barrel yielded 23 cases of Three Trees Lane Pinot Noir.
As always, we do not fine or filter our wines. Our two small vineyards of estate fruit produced a mere 275 cases.
2006 Toluca Lane Pinot Noir (Sold Out)
The nose begins with a soft floral quality redolent of roses -- pink roses, soft vanilla aromas and a suggestion of caramel. The mid-palate flavors have hints of black raspberries, followed by chocolate and caramel. The structured finish is balanced and long with a delicate array of allspice, cassis, caramel and a nuance of white pepper.
We produced only 275 cases of the Toluca Lane 2006. Our Pinot Noir is unfined and unfiltered. The wine is drinking very well now and will continue to evolve for several years.
2006 three trees lane (Sold Out)
As many of you know, Three Trees Lane is not produced every year, only when we both agree on our two favorite barrels. The first production was in 2003.
Our process: We blind taste all of the barrels. Making our own separate notes, we then discuss and analyze what our palate dictates to be the two best barrels. This is done in three separate tastings each a month or two apart.
For the 2006, on each occasion we agreed on the same two barrels! After looking up our harvest notes to discern the source of the fruit. Again, as in 2003, it turned out to be the estate grapes from our tiny South vineyard. The two barrels yielded 49 cases of Pinot Noir.
The nose is lush with ripe black cherries, vanilla and a light floral scent. The mid-palate has flavors of blackberries, and explodes into violets, then segues into soft caramel with chocolate overtones. The finish is smooth and viscous with an unctuous caramel-port aftertaste.
As always, this wine is unfiltered and unfined.