BT NOTES: Tondre Grapefield, located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA in Monterey County has been blessed with ideal terroir to grow a magnificent Pinot Noir grape. Coupled with hand crafted, minimal process winemaking techniques to produce wines that capture the elusive characteristics and alluring spirit found among California’s finest boutique wineries.
Tondre wines appeal to wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts who are artisans in their own world and demand a world class sensory experience in everything they do. One sip and you will taste what father and son are so proud to share with the wine world…Passion in a Bottle.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: The bright, cherry-raspberry inflected aspects of this wine are from the clone 115 and 777 Pinot Noir Joe Alarid grows. The 2008 Tondre Pinot Noir shows a tremendous depth of black cherry, tart red bing-cherry fruity flavors, and subtle hints of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Layered on top of all this is that wonder Santa Lucia Highlands spicy-floral character that uniquely marks this premier pinot appellation.
BT NOTES: This is a big, full-bodied, Cab! Dark ruby red, almost maroon in color. It has black cherry, crisp raspberry and warm caramel aromas and flavors. With legs of a giraffe, this wine is smooth, balanced between the fruit and oak influences, and has an eternal finish.
The winery's fruit comes from some of the most well known and prestigious vineyards in the world. These vineyards are known for their unique characteristics and history in producing some of the top Napa Valley Cabs over the years.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES: Deep dark red color with purplish hue. Tight nose of ripe dark fruit, cigar box and wild spices such as cloves and blackcurrant buds. Rich entry showing tremendous complexity and focus. The sturdy tannins envelop the fruit quite well from the mid-palate through to the expansive and long finish. The tightness of the wine only shows its long term potential, yet the softness of the vintage allows for some good fruit expression early on to allow for some instant gratification. It was aged 20 months in French oak, 75% new.