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Walnut Hill Pinot noir 2011


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Toluca Lane


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Exceptional value, drinking beautifully! I was blown away at how good this is and when I poured it for Andy and told him the price, his eyes popped right out into his Pinot glass. Lush and silky, melding dark rich cherry and a ribbon of sweet black fruit, with hints of savory mint and violet on the finish. This brand new label is from our friends at Toluca Lane, from a beautiful little block of 20 year-old Pommard down the hill from their estate vineyard. - Marcus

The 2011 Walnut Hill Pinot noir is elegant and ready to drink, a silky, aromatic wine scented with wild strawberries and violets. Black raspberry and cherry flavors carry a subtle accent note of vanilla, incense, and lavender. Drink now, make it your "house wine" for the holidays.

More About Toluca Lane and Walnut Hill

The Walnut Hill is made by Drew Voit, former winemaker at Shea Vineyards.

Geoffrey and Lane Crowthers have proven to be dedicated and talented grape growers, as well as exceptional winemakers. Toluca winemaker and owner Geoffrey Crowther grows excellent grapes and makes delicious Pinot noir. He says: “It is a fussy little grape with thin skins and wants to be treated genteelly like a porcelain doll.”

Amity, Oregon, where Toluca Lane is located, is in Yamhill County, the heart of Oregon’s wine industry, but is not one of the big “Wine Country” towns. It’s a funky, tiny place best known for a wicked speed trap and the Brigittine Monks’ Abbey (the Monks with the famous fudge).

The 2.4 acre Toluca Lane Vineyard is located east of Amity, near the Antica Terra Vineyard. Like Antica Terra, Toluca Lane’s weather is influenced by the breezes of the “Van Duzer Corridor”, a long area of land that starts at the ocean and travels through a low spot in Oregon’s coastal mountain range. The cool ocean air is drawn into the interior and drops temperatures in the afternoon. Cooler weather means longer ripening time. Pinot noir grapes achieve their highest quality when allowed to ripen slowly.

Geoffrey describes the unique soil of the Toluca Lane terroir: "Toluca Lane Vineyards are in the Walnut Hill area of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. One of the predominant influences on the wines from this area is the shallow Nekia soil. The Nekia soil contains weathered volcanic basalt from ancient lava flows. These shallow, well drained soils tend to produce smaller grapes with greater concentration of flavor.

READ:Toluca Lane: Cordon Bleu Torts? No, Indie Pinot noir!

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