VOLUME 9, ISSUE 47
September 14, 2014
Father Tondré Alarid and son Joe founded Tondré Wines to produce limited amounts of Pinot Noir from their Tondré Grapefield in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Father and son have nearly a century of farming experience in the Salinas Valley of Monterey County. Both have their homes on the ranch. Tondré Grapefield was planted in 1997 and supplies grapes to several producers including Bernardus, Cima Collina, David Bruce, De Tierra, Morgan, Silver Mountain, Sonnet, and Tudor. Several clones of Pinot Noir are planted on 100 acres.
The first commercial vintage of Tondré Grapefield Pinot Noir was 2003. The winemaker is veteran Tony Craig (Sonnett, Silver Mountain, Savannah-Chanelle). The wine is sold on the website.
Articles About Tondré Wines
2009 Tondré Tondré Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.8% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.68, 650 cases, $22.50. Winemaker Anthony Craig. Aged 20 months in 37% new Hungarian oak barrels. · Vibrant aromas of dark cherries and berries with notes of oak and hickory. Delicious essence of black raspberries with striking mid palate presence and some persistence on the finish. Notes of plum reduction sauce, spice and sassafras add interest. Still fine two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Full retail is $45 and it is hard to find (not sold on the website: try Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA. or Total Wine) Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2007 Tondré Tondré Grapefield Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 400 cases, $43. Winemaker Anthony Craig (Sonnet, Muns Vineyard, Silver Mountain Vineyards), grower Joe Tondre Alarid. 60% Pommard, 40% 777. 37% Hungarian oak. 100% de-stemmed. · Seductive aromas of dark berry tart, plum sauce with notes of spice and vanilla. Very tasty essence of black raspberries with a complimentary peppery spice and a hint of mocha java. Very charming with impeccable balance and a silky mouth feel that makes an impression. Quintessential Santa Lucia Highlands at a sensible price (Note: retail price is $43 which is not unreasonable considering the quality, but I found it for $23 at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa: apparently a close out on this vintage as it was released December 2009). Reviewed March 2, 2011 ARTICLE »
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