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2018 Tolosa Winery Apex Vineyard Pinot Noir

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June 16, 2024 - $36



95James Suckling

Rich and complex nose of spiced plums, cedar, walnuts, cloves and dried earth. Orange peel and smoked meat, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with soft, silky tannins. Intensely flavorful.

95Wine Enthusiast

Plump cherry, red-currant and cranberry aromas are very clean and ripe on the nose of this single-vineyard expression, yet it is the slight hints of earth, herb and oak that make it compelling. The palate pops with mulberry and raspberry flavors that are framed by smoky oak and racy hibiscus-laced acidity that make for a both bright and savory experience.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...medium-bodied notes of juicy raspberries, strawberries, blood orange, and violets...more classic, feminine style of the estate, with bright acidity and a clean finish.


Tolosa Winery

Tolosa was founded in 1998 by Robin Baggett, Bob Schiebelhut and Jim Efird. The business partners began buying Edna Valley ranches and planting them with vineyards. Baggett was a native of the area who dreamed of running a cattle ranch as his grandfather had done, but by the late 1980s viticulture interested him more. Baggett in 2006 started the Alpha Omega wine venture in Napa Valley with the idea of making world class Bordeaux style wines. The success of Alpha Omega prompted him to focus on French style wines in Tolosa too, and in 2015 Baggett hired French native Frederic Elivert to craft Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on Tolosa’s Edna Valley estate. Consulting winemaker is Jean Hoefliger. Under its 1772 Series label Tolosa also produces small amounts of Rhone blends, Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc.


United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands

Santa Lucia Highlands AVA is a 12-mile long, narrow strip of an appellation wedged along the eastern hillsides of the Santa Lucia mountain range. Given its proximity to Big Sur and the Gabilan Mountain Range to the northeast, Santa Lucia a cool-climate wine growing district. Morning sun is often followed by maritime winds and fog in the afternoon, a weather pattern that prolongs the growing season and means long, gentle ripening of the grapes. Spanish missionaries planted vineyards in the district in the 18th century, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that modern winemakers planted vineyards and began making high quality wine. The district received AVA status in 1991 and today there are 6,000 vineyard acres in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Pinot Noir is the dominant grape planted, followed by Chardonnay and Riesling.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.