2015 Starmont Pinot Noir Toyon
Handpicked at Toyon Farm in Carneros, these grapes were carefully sorted in the field and at the winery. Some of the fruit was whole cluster fermented and not de-stemmed. The wine underwent native primary fermentation after a 5-day cold soak. Pump-overs and punch downs were performed daily. This wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 63% of which were new and the rest used only once. Careful attention is taken to match oak and toast to the vineyard and wine traits—restrained to push the fruit’s character forward and respect the vineyard site. Comprised of the Dijon Clone, just 181 cases were produced. With proper cellaring the wine will drink well for the next 5+ years. The wine was bottled without fining.
The Toyon Farms single vineyard Pinot Noir is another beautiful example of Carneros Pinot Noir. All the Starmont single vineyard Pinots are made from within three square miles of one-another, yet each brings a unique expression based on the specific site and clonal material. This wine is made of Dijon clone, and brings a light and pretty aspect to the Pinot Noir line-up.