Toad Hall Cellars Pinot Noir Carneros Willow Pond 2005
Wine Recommendation: Toad Hall Cellars 2005 Pinot Noir Winemaking Notes: The 2005 Lavender Hill Pinot Noir is produced from 100% Dijon Clone Pinot Noir vines grown in the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. During the growing season some clusters were thinned to insure ripe, small berries and concentrated flavors. Harvesting is done by hand in the early morning and de-stemming takes place immediately to avoid harsh tannins. A pre-fermentation process called "cold soak" helps to stabilize grapes from the harvest shock. After fermentation the grapes are gently pressed and the juice is aged in 100% Burgundy Barrels for 9 months. This reserve blend represents our best 17 barrels of Dijon Clone wine produced from the 2005 vintage. It is the first vintage to be bottled unfiltered allowing the true depth of the vineyard characteristics to shine. Tasting Notes: This ruby red beauty offers you everything you want from a Pinot Noir. Aromas of violet and blueberry lead to flavors of dried cranberry and raspberry with just a hint of earthiness. This is an elegant wine with a finish that coats your palate. The green tea-like tannins add complexity and roundness to a long finish that is reminiscent of a true Burgundy! Technical Notes: Appellation: Carneros Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Alcohol: 14.4% TA : 0.49 pH: 3.79 Aging: 9 months in 100% French Oak, 50% new Production: 425 cases Return to Toad Hall wine list
External Reviews for Toad Hall Cellars Pinot Noir Carneros Willow Pond
Toad Hall is one of those second generation wineries that we’ve seen proliferate in the Napa Valley the last decade or so. It means that the region has enough history now in the modern era (since the 1970s) that it’s recreating itself. Toad Hall is a fine example of that evolution.Owned by John Komes, the co-owner of the long-established Flora Springs winery in St. Helena, Toad Hall, which was actually established 23 years ago, is run by Komes’ sons Otto and Nat. They have a vineyard in the Rutherford district and two in the Carneros.This Pinot Noir comes from Toad Hall’s Lavender Hill Vineyard, which is situated on a knoll with soils created by an alluvial fan created by the nearby San Pablo Bay.The wine shows lovely black cherry aromas with those same cherry flavors and anise showing up in the mouth. It’s a nice little wine really, typical of the new Pinots that are being produced in the Carneros. It’s not big like its counterparts from the Santa Rita Hills or Santa Lucia Highlands. But I wouldn’t want it any other way. It still possesses a good backbone for aging for at least six years, with good balance. The wine was not fined, which accounts for its structure. It was fermented for nine months in Burgundy barrels, half of which were new. The listed alcohol is 14.4 percent, and there were only 425 cases produced.