Arista Winery

California: Russian River Valley, United States

Pinot Noir, Toboni Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • 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 in an effort 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.

    • Vineyards: Toboni Vineyard
    • Vineyard Owner: Mary and Joe Toboni
    • Appellation: Russian River Valley
    • Size: 15 acres
    • Vine Age: 20+ years
    • Clones: Dijon 115, 667, and 777; Pommard clone 5
    • Soil: Gravel and Clay Loam
  • Vinification

    • Cold grapes arrive at the winery early in the morning after having been picked at night. The clusters are sorted by hand and then destemmed into small, open-top fermenters. The juice is allowed to warm gradually and naturally in the fermenter. Given that all of the wines are made with native yeasts and are not inoculated, this cold-soak period can vary between 5-8 days depending on how long it takes these native populations to build up and begin fermentation. Pinot Noir fermentations are kept below 85 degrees. The wines always go through malolactic fermentation. The wines then spend the next 11 months in barrel, and the wine is racked clean just prior to bottling.

    • Aging: 11 months in barrel
    • Filtration: Unfiltered
    • Fining: Unfined
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Tasting Notes

    • The 2017 Toboni Vineyard Pinot noir is deep, voluptuous, and mouth-filling —classic Russian River Valley. The nose is full of brown sugar, sweet spice, cola, and raspberry aromas. Notes of cocoa powder, ginger, fresh raspberries, and graphite come in waves as this layered and complex wine opens up 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 tangy acidity providing structure, freshness, and lift. Peak drinking window: 2019 through 2026.