Tolosa 2006 Edna Ranch Pinot Noir

Posted on November 21, 2009

Bob Schiebelhut and Jim Efird have been involved in the Edna Valley wine industry for nearly two decades and are responsible for a large portion of vineyard acreage in the valley (over 700 acres). It wasn't until 1998 that they opened their state-of-the-art custom-crush facility and began producing their own wine. Reserving the best fruit for their own brand, Tolosa has quickly gained acclaim under renowned winemaker Larry Brooks. Focus has and will remain on the two primary varietals of Edna Valley (Tolosa offers three different Chardonnays and six different Pinot Noirs), though they also offer several other varietals (Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Viognier).


Winery - Tolosa Winery

Location - Edna Valley, California

Wine - Tolosa 2006 Edna Ranch Pinot Noir

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir

Appellation - Edna Valley

Alcohol - 14.1% v/v

Price -$28 USD

Nose/Aroma - Black cherries and toasted oak.

Palate/Flavors - Ripe black cherries and strawberries coupled with charred oak and molasses. Definite sweetness to this wine not due to residual sugar, more of a fruit sweetness. The tannins were smooth and helped keep the light body from becoming thin. Medium finish of oak and molasses has very little astringency. 

Style - Not as big and broad as what is commonly referred to as "California Pinot Noir", but not very French.

Food Pairing - Crab cakes with a ricotta cheese sauce.

Comments - Well balanced, not over-extracted. Probably best to drink sooner than later since I think it will show best over the next two years maybe.