2016 Starmont Pinot Noir Toyon Farm
Handpicked at Toyon Farm in Carneros on September 5th, these grapes were carefully sorted in the field and at the winery. The wine underwent native fermentation in a combination of open-top and puncheon fermenters after a 3 to 5-day cold soak. Punch downs were performed twice daily. Fermentation lasted 6-9 days with a 3-6 day extended maceration for a total of 15 days on skins before pressing. This wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 29% new. Careful attention was 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 156 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 from the Dijon clone, and brings a light and pretty aspect to the Pinot Noir line-up.