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Tolosa 1772 Pinot Noir 2006

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2006 "1772" Select Pinot Noir Varietal Composition:100% Edna Ranch Pinot NoirAppellation: Edna ValleyProduction: 20 barrelsFor our 1772 wines we use the regions historical landmark, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, for inspiration. We chose the year the Mission was founded, 1772, as the name for our best wines. Our 1772 wines are carefully crafted, selected from the finest sections of our Estate vineyard. Each vintage our winemaker tastes every barrel in the cellar searching for those rare instances when the wine and the barrel have achieved perfect balance. The harmony created by this process allows the unique regional character to emerge. Vineyard InformationAlmost all of the barrels chosen for this wine came from the hillsides of Edna Ranch east. This portion of our vineyard has soils that limit the production from each vine. This effectively concentrates the wines perfume and extract. The 2006 vintage was the latest in memory. The shorter days and cooler nights produced wines with deep color and dynamic tannins. This structure, more common in Burgundy than California should make for a long slow bottle development. For the sake of our own health and the environments, we farm our vines sustainably. Winemaking NotesOur most basic worry about this unusually late vintage was whether it would ripen at all. It did, and we are very happy with the results. The techniques we use are time tested classics. We only depart from them in subtle ways. This vintage took more careful cluster selection and attention to extraction of the ferment in order not to have too dry a wine. We also racked the wine away from its yeasts earlier to allow it to soften. One of the things you have to be careful of with red winemaking is not to do too much. The wine really is made in the vineyard and a certain amount of benign neglect is the best approach in the cellar. Analytical InformationAlcohol: 13.8 %T.A. 6.68 g/LpH: 3.54Brix at Harvest: 23.9 ◦- 25.6 ◦Barrel Regime: 50% new French OakBarrel Aging:10 MonthsBottling Date:September 2007Aging Potential:5-7 years Tasting NotesThis bottling is made up from the richest and most perfectly balanced barrels in the cellar. Besides having more color and flavor the process of barrel selection perfects the oak flavors in the wine, because only barrels where the barrel flavor and the wine flavor are in blissful harmony are chosen. This wine though delicious now will improve with a few years rest in a cool dark cellar.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Tolosa WInery:
Tolosa Winery is a solar, sustainable estate winery located in the San Luis Obispo, on the central coast of California. We specialize in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which thrive in cooler climates.

2006 "1772" Select Pinot Noir Varietal Composition:100% Edna Ranch Pinot NoirAppellation: Edna ValleyProduction: 20 barrelsFor our 1772 wines we use the regions historical landmark, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, for inspiration. We chose the year the Mission was founded, 1772, as the name for our best wines. Our 1772 wines are carefully crafted, selected from the finest sections of our Estate vineyard. Each vintage our winemaker tastes every barrel in the cellar searching for those rare instances when the wine and the barrel have achieved perfect balance. The harmony created by this process allows the unique regional character to emerge. Vineyard InformationAlmost all of the barrels chosen for this wine came from the hillsides of Edna Ranch east. This portion of our vineyard has soils that limit the production from each vine. This effectively concentrates the wines perfume and extract. The 2006 vintage was the latest in memory. The shorter days and cooler nights produced wines with deep color and dynamic tannins. This structure, more common in Burgundy than California should make for a long slow bottle development. For the sake of our own health and the environments, we farm our vines sustainably. Winemaking NotesOur most basic worry about this unusually late vintage was whether it would ripen at all. It did, and we are very happy with the results. The techniques we use are time tested classics. We only depart from them in subtle ways. This vintage took more careful cluster selection and attention to extraction of the ferment in order not to have too dry a wine. We also racked the wine away from its yeasts earlier to allow it to soften. One of the things you have to be careful of with red winemaking is not to do too much. The wine really is made in the vineyard and a certain amount of benign neglect is the best approach in the cellar. Analytical InformationAlcohol: 13.8 %T.A. 6.68 g/LpH: 3.54Brix at Harvest: 23.9 ◦- 25.6 ◦Barrel Regime: 50% new French OakBarrel Aging:10 MonthsBottling Date:September 2007Aging Potential:5-7 years Tasting NotesThis bottling is made up from the richest and most perfectly balanced barrels in the cellar. Besides having more color and flavor the process of barrel selection perfects the oak flavors in the wine, because only barrels where the barrel flavor and the wine flavor are in blissful harmony are chosen. This wine though delicious now will improve with a few years rest in a cool dark cellar.

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