Vineyard: Toulouse

AppellationAnderson Valley
StoryHistory: Acres: 17 Varieties: Pinot Noir Year(s) Planted: 1998 Soil Type: Pinole loam Clones: 115, 667, 117, Wädenswil 2A Elevation: Aspect: northwest of Philo AVA: Anderson Valley Owners: Vern and Maxine Boltz Client Wineries: MacPhail, Phillips Hill, Baxter
VarietiesPinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2010 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.83, TA 0.61, 350 cases, $49. Released spring 2012. Clones 2A, 667, 115 and 777. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, native fermentations, aged 11 months sur lie in 50% new French oak from several coopers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. New oak scents dominate the nose, entry and finish. Herb-tinged dark red cherry and berry fruit flavors with plenty of oak driven toffee and coffee accents. Good structural integrity with fine-grain tannins, but lacks vigor and finishes with a little heat. Decent. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Family Wines Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.86, TA 0.54, 267 cases, $49. Released fall 2010. 100% de-stemmed, indigenous and inoculated yeast primary fermentation, native malolactic fermentation in barrel, batonnage every week for 3 months, aged 11 months in 60% new and 40% 1 and 2-year-old French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate purple color in the glass. A big-boned wine with flashy dark berry and black cherry fruit that is quite tasty but is overshadowed by oak. The nose displays primarily oak-driven aromas of toast, toffee and caramel. Decent. Reviewed July 1, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.86, TA 0.54, $49. Clones 115 (30%), 667 (30%), 777 (30%) and 2A. Aged 11 months in 60% new and 40% 1 and 2-year-old French oak barrels. · Initially, oak-derived aroma of coffee predominates, fading over time with the emergence of shy black cherry fruit and a little barnyard. Tasty core of red fruits enhanced with notes of spice, sandalwood and oak with a slight coffee accent. Crisp with lively acidity. Good. Reviewed September 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Toulouse Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.57, 800 cases, $50. Released May 2012. Clones 115, 667, 777 and Wädenswil. · Medium light reddish-purple color in the glass. Delicate aromas of cherry and strawberry with plenty of new oak evident. Flavors of very ripe red and black berries with oak-driven notes of vanilla and cedar in the background. Moderately lush with satisfying Bing cherry notes singing on the finish. Good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Vagon Rouge Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.57, 117 cases, $59. 5 hand-selected barrels. Sourced from Toulouse, Wightman House, Frattey Shams, Raye’s Hill and Ferrington vineyards. Aged 11 months in 100% new Tonnellerie Ermitage Medium Toast French oak barrels. · Moderately intense color in the glass. Shy nose offering aromas of cherry crisp, spice, briar and subtle oak. Soft and smooth on the palate with satisfying flavors of red cherries, cardamon spice, and sandalwood enrobed in firm fine-grain tannins. Nicely composed with oak playing a complimentary supporting role. Picks up interest over time in the glass and is even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Keep this one under wraps for a couple of years and then plan a special dinner around it. Very Good (+). Reviewed September 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Toulouse Vineyards Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.89, TA 0.56, 550 cases, $50, released November 1, 2010. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass with early rim bricking. Aromas of cherries and ashtray. Smoke tainted. Unsatisfactory. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Phillips Hill Estates Anderson Valley Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 175 cases, $42. From a 17-acre vineyard owned by Vern and Maxine Boltz in the deep end of the Anderson Valley. Planted in 1997. Yields 3 tons per acre. 33% each Dijon 115 and 667 and 2A. Whole berry fermentation, 5 day cold soak, 15 days on skins. Aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barrels. · Black cherry is the theme here both in the aromas and flavors. Very light and delicate, smoothly textured, with a touch of oak spice, fuzzy tannins and a respectable acid lift on the finish. A feminine wine that tries but fails to seduce me. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Phillips Hill Estates Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 175 cases, $42. · The nose offers confected cherries, root beer and brown spice. Moderately rich flavors of brown-sugared fruit and mocha. The ripe tannins are fine-grained and the wine is quite rounded and harmonious. Reviewed January 1, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Toulouse Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

1,140 cases, $42. Released February 2009. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color. Lovely aromas of fresh cherries and spice. Mouth filling and concentrated flavors of Bing cherries, Asian spice, dark chocolate and smoke with a mild grip of tannins. Focused and tenacious with a smooth texture and very user friendly. Got duck? Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Baxter Winery Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.67, 250 cases, $45. Released in the fall of 2009. This vineyard is located near Philo and was planted in 1998. Clones 115, 667 and 2A. Aged in neutral oak. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely outfitted nose featuring scents or red fruits including strawberries and cherries, rose petals and a hint of spice. Tasty core of delicately spiced redder fruits with a touch of underlying wet leaves and underbrush. Light in weight with bright acidity that lifts the vibrancy of the fruit. Very good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Rosé

This is a terrific wine and the best rosé I tasted over the weekend. There is plenty of berry fruit with a touch of orange peel. The brisk acidity leads to a refreshing finish. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$39. · Sporting a mélange of red and black fruits in the aromas and flavors and lively acidity, this one is just fine. Still an infant, but showing nicely at this stage. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Phillips Hill Estates Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 150 cases, $40. Hill calls this vineyard a “nursery for angels.” Clones 115, 667 and 2A. Aged 11 months in 35% new French oak. · The nose offers sexy cherry and cranberry scents with a whiff of alcohol peaking out. Richly layered core of black cherries, blackberries and cola that carry through to a finish that lasts an eternity. Soft and smooth in texture, but with finishing tannins that need to be shed. A bit backward now, but will reward another year in the bottle. Excellent. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 375 cases. Clones 2A, 115, 667 and 777. Native fermentations, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, unfined and unfiltered. · Charming and complex aromatic mix of red plums, strawberries, redwood and some good funk. Nicely composed and layered red fruit palate that is lip-smacking. Perfectly balanced with suede tannins, a pillowy texture and complete integration of the alcohol. Very Caliesque in style and utterly hedonistic. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 MacPhail Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

396 cases, $40. · A ripe style with dry red cherries, a hint of oak, and a touch of warmth. A slight bitterness mars an otherwise satisfying finish. Reviewed June 3, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Baxter Winery Toulouse Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 150 cases, $45. This vineyard has a southwestern exposure on slopes near Philo. Below the coastal fog in the morning, the vineyard has plenty of warmth midday. Whole berry fermentation, small open top tanks, hand punch downs. · Pleasing aromas of black cherries, raspberries, marzipan and oak smoke with a hint of alcohol peaking out as the wine warms in the glass. A mid-weight wine with a soft and tasty core of dark cherries and raspberries that are nicely spiced with a hint of citrus in the background. Very smoothly textured with soft and supple tannins. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Madrigal Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.8% alc., 161 cases, $45. Aged in 22 months in 50% new French oak. Sourced from Toulouse Vineyard. · Tasted briefly at the Festival. Pretty decent wine that hides the alcohol well. Plenty of dark flamboyant Pinot fruits front and center. A wine to sip and contemplate. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1625 cases, $30. · A light-bodied wine with an interesting nose of buttered cinnamon toast. The fruit is accompanied by bread dough flavors. The finish is notable for lingering vanillin oak flavors, mild drying tannins and a little heat. Reviewed June 3, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2003 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., 1,625 cases, $30. Estate vineyard is planted to clones 115, 667, 777 and 2A. Aged 23 months in French oak. · This beauty has an elegant style that I admire. The nose is subdued, but offers delicate rose petal, raspberry and cherry perfume. The sweet cherry and raspberry fruit keeps you coming back for another sip. Despite a lengthy time in barrel, the oak is nicely integrated. The wine has a good acid backbone and the finish is soft and lingering. Reviewed September 5, 2006 WINERY »

2003 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

$33. · This one has lost its charm. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »