Spicy on the nose displaying notes of cardamom, chai spice, forest floor and a touch of oak. A plush entry opens to mouth-filling flavors of red fruits, plum and hints of dried rose. This wine displays beautiful acidity, and a broad, full mouthfeel coupled with a lingering dark fruit finish.
Pairings: Mushroom-based dishes and Braised Meats.
90pts, International Wine Cellar/Steve Tanzer , 9/2012
“A Napa Wine Producer We Love,” Food & Wine Magazine, 1/2013
Originally founded as a Morgan Horse Farm, Toyon Farm took its namesake from a
perennial shrub native to Carneros. Saintsbury’s relationship with Toyon Farm
formed right when the vines were planted. Today, we enjoy access to the grapes
from this site that is located about 500 meters east of our Brown Ranch estate
vineyard, and separated by Hyde vineyard.
Appellation: Carneros, Napa
Clones: Dijon 115 and 777
Terroir: The “banana belt” of the Carneros AVA—warmer days and cool nights.
Hillside vineyards facing the west that sit on a mix of volcanic soil and marine
sedimentary clay loam; creating a wine of robust style with dark aromas.
A vintage characterized by a cool growing season producing slow ripening, vibrant
acidity, low-yielding fruit. An Indian Summer aided in the full and final phenological
development of the grapes on the vine, resulting in optimal fruit coming in at Harvest.
Harvest Date: September 30th and October 1st, 2010
After night harvesting , the fruit from Toyon Farm has a short distance to travel—a
few miles down Old Sonoma Road to Saintsbury . From there, each block remains
separate and receives gentle handling starting on the sorting table and to the open top fermenters for 5 day cold soak, 11 day total cuvaison. This is a site that requires gentle extraction regime for balance tannins and bright acidity.
Aging: 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud)
Case Production: 904