The profile of the translucent, garnet-colored 2016 Toboni Vineyard Pinot noir is classic Russian River Valley. The nose is full of sweet spice, cola, and raspberry aromas. Notes of cocoa powder, fresh raspberries, and graphite come in waves as this layered and complex wine opens in the glass. Aromas of raspberry coulis, turned earth, black tea, and violets begin to develop with exposure to air. The finish is long and persistent with mouth-watering acidity providing structure, freshness, and lift.
The Toboni Vineyard is located just off the famed Olivet Lane in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The 15-acre vineyard is divided into multiple blocks which are planted to Dijon 115, 667, and 777, as well as Pommard clone 5. The various clonal blocks match the various slope aspects in the vineyard to maximize the vines ability to ripen in the cool, foggy conditions. Meticulous attention is given to each block throughout the growing season to allow the inherent, sight specific qualities of this vineyard to shine in the finished wine. Mary and Joe Toboni are 4th generation San Franciscans whose roots can be traced back to San Francisco as early as the 1870’s and specifically to Sonoma County prior to the 1920’s.