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2017 Best Man Pinot Noir

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2017 Best Man Pinot Noir
2017 Best Man Pinot Noir
This ruby-hued wine begins with delicate vanilla aromas that lead into bright red cherry tones and hints of chocolate and sea breeze. On the palate, raspberry and black cherry flavors mingle with cedar box and cassis. These are supported by soft tannins and well-structured minerality.
A wine created for all special occasions or simply a fantastic dinner. Enjoy now or lay down for up to 10 years. 
Production notes


The 2017 Best Man Pinot is a extended labor of love from the same source as our traditional Pinot Noir. The grapes are from the famous Tondre Grapefield, like our traditional Pinot Noir, but these are hand chosen by the winemaker Russ Jones. We cold soak for a week in Truckee's high altitude chill, slow fermenting with a wild yeast fermentation and let the wine sit with its skins for 2 weeks. This wine is then barrel aged for almost 3 years before bottling.

This is a unique and refined Pinot Noir, and as its process takes much love and care, only a small amount is produced.

VarietalPinot Noir
AppellationSanta Lucia Highlands
VineyardTondre Grapefield
Harvest Date09/02/2017
Agingfrench oak barrels
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/06/2020
Cases Produced80

In 1997, Tondré Grapefield was planted on 6 ½ acres. It has grown to 104 acres and rests in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highland Appellation, Monterey County.

Joe Alarid currently farms a wide range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones to ensure that there is a medley of fruit and sufficient Tondré pedigree character to suit vintner stylistic preferences.  He also grows a very limited amount of Syrah and Riesling.  Included in the broad spectrum of Pinot Noir plantings are clones 115, Pommard 4, 777, 943, 667, 828 and Swan.  Chardonnay clones include 76, 96, 543 and New York.

Vignerons regard the Santa Lucia Highlands Appellation as one of the crown jewels of California agriculture for Pinot and Chardonnay grapes.  The importance and interdependence of combining grower and vintner is omnipresent for wine quality assurance and protection of a vineyard designation vintage by vintage.  Joe carefully chooses vignerons to ensure that wines made from Tondré Grapefield fruit are among the premier wines of the Santa Lucia Highland appellation.

This distinguished appellation has protruding, southeast-facing slopes, strong maritime influences from Monterey Bay and ancient glacial soils consisting of decomposed granite, gravel and sandy loam. The unique location of Tondré Grapefield allows the grapes to have an extended “hang time”, meaning more sunlight on the vine, more grape ripening and sufficient cool-down in the evening to firm up the fruit’s natural acidity. Tondré Grapefield vines have deep soil penetration and mineral extraction giving the grapes distinctively intense flavor.

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