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Toad Hall Cellars Pinot Noir Carneros Willow Pond 2005

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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

Region: USA » California » Napa » Carneros
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Toad Hall Cellars:
Toad Hall Cellars is a second generation family winery owned by The Komes Family, John and Carrie along with sons Otto and Nat, specializing in limited production Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Meritage blend known as Bodacious. Toad Hall Cellars has been producing small productions of premium wines since 1984. It started out as a family project, which began with 10 cases of Chardonnay. ... Read more
Toad Hall Cellars is a second generation family winery owned by The Komes Family, John and Carrie along with sons Otto and Nat, specializing in limited production Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and a Meritage blend known as Bodacious. Toad Hall Cellars has been producing small productions of premium wines since 1984. It started out as a family project, which began with 10 cases of Chardonnay. Since then, Toad Hall Cellars has continued to produce wines from the family-owned vineyards in Napa Valley, representing two top appellations of the region: Carneros and Rutherford. The name Toad Hall Cellars was created long before the varietals for bottling were even decided upon. Carrie, prior to her active participation as a winery entrepreneur, was a children’s librarian. The main character in the “The Wind in the Willows” is a “lovable rebel” called Toad. To Carrie, husband John, with his enthusiastic nature, independent attitude and gusto for living was a real life caricature of Toad. These traits, and John’s gift for spinning a good tale, led her to christen him “Mr. Toad”. And there the story began . . . Our family-owned vineyards are the very heart of Toad Hall Cellars. The Pinot Noir is produced from our Lavender Hill Vineyard, located in the Carneros Appellation of the Napa Valley. The Bordeaux varietals for Bodacious and So Rare, our Cabernet Sauvignon, come from the highly acclaimed Rutherford Bench appellation, Windfall Vineyard. Each one of these growing areas, both located within Napa Valley, experience different growing conditions and soil compositions and imparts excellent quality into the grapes. Our Lavender Hill Vineyard is located at the end of Bayview Road in the Carneros District of the Napa Valley. The vines are planted on a lush hill knoll, part of an alluvial fan, and produce small, concentrated pinot noir clusters. The Carneros District, because of its proximity to the San Pable Bay, receives a great deal of fog and almost constant breezes. This is an ideal place to grow Pinot Noir. Our Windfall Vineyard is located in the Rutherford Appellation of the Napa Valley on Bella Oaks Lane. Its soils are rocky bale loam and seem remarkably well suited to the production of world class Bordeaux varietals. The grapes from this vineyard are an outstanding source for our Bodacious blends. Read less

External Reviews for Toad Hall Cellars Pinot Noir Carneros Willow Pond

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

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.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
04/07/2008

Toad Hall is a family run business that owns vineyards in mostly the Carneros region of the Napa Valley. The Willow Pond Pinot Noir is a feminine, lighter style Pinot Noir. Notes of fresh raspberry and black pepper are followed by an extremely long finish.



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

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