Stone Lion Pinot Noir 2016
This wine is a named after the stone lion statue discovered in the Moretti section of Tolosa estate vineyard, Edna Ranch. After selecting a series of small lots, the wine is blended to take on an earthy and bold profile while showcasing the finesse of Pinot Noir. The 2016 vintage was an ideal vintage, bringing rain and a traditional growing season which allowed the grapes to have a long hangtime on the vine to develop concentrated flavors. The wine fermented in open top fermentation tanks to allow a gentle fermentation process. The wine was aged for 9 months in 100% French oak barrels, with 30% of them being new.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
Tolosa’ s estate vineyard, Edna Ranch, is located within a transverse valley. The Pacific wind sweeps down the coast and into the valley, creating a microclimate ideal for ripening delicate Pinot Noir grapes. The estate encompasses six sections spread throughout the Edna Valley, offering 60 different soil types, including limestone- the Holy Grail for Pinot Noir. This wine is the product of the unique and diverse terroir showcasing Edna Valley as its finest.
Deep red cherry color
On the Nose:
Inviting aromas of rose petals, blackberry, piecrust, pepper and crushed stone
On the Palate:
The piecrust carries onto the palate with notes of raspberry, cedar, flint, blonde leather and a layer of cured meats with tobacco on the finish showcasing a rounded mouth-feel with volume that contributes to a long finish.
Stainless steel open top fermentation tanks
9 months in 25% new French oak barrels