Vineyard: Monument Tree

OwnerRaymond Twomey Duncan
AppellationAnderson Valley
StoryPurchased by Twomey Cellars in 2010. A slow-ripening, low-vigor vineyard.
Acres17
LocationWestern end of the Anderson Valley, 11 miles from the coast.
SoilsClay loam
VarietiesPinot Noir
ClonesDijon

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $46. Released May 1, 2014. Sourced from Monument Tree Vineyard and Ferrington Vineyard. Aged 11 months sur lie in 50% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of raspberry coulis, cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and oak are echoed on the mid weight palate. Pleasant and solid, with good balance and some finish, but nothing stands out. Score: 89. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.58, 169 cases, $44. Released April 15, 2013. Vineyard planted in 1999 to Dijon clones by Duckhorn Vineyards and now owned by Twomey Cellars. Situated in the Deep End of the Anderson Valley, the vineyard is farmed by Ardzrooni Vineyard Management. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 50% whole cluster fermented. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 11 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Hi-tone scents of black cherry glaze, tea leaf and sandalwood. Luscious, perfectly ripened boysenberry, plum and black cherry fruits caressed by modest tannins, finishing with impressive aromatic intensity. This vineyard performed well in this vintage and this wine was one of the best wI tasted from the Anderson Valley. Very good (+). Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.56, $46 (Magnums too, $90). Released April 27, 2013. Sourced from the estate Monument Tree Vineyard and Ferrington Vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Glorious aromas of fresh black raspberry jam, potpourri and spice. I just love that smell. Really delicious marriage of dark berries and cherries with a subtle mocha note. The ripe fruit really pops, reaching every corner of the mouth, and finishing strong and satisfying. There is an appealing tension and focus to this wine and the satiny texture is captivating. An incredible effort in a difficult vintage and my kudos to winemaker Ben Cane. Still great the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when my family polished it off. A 2013 All American. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.62, 141 cases, $38. This vineyard was planted to Dijon clones in 1999 by Duckhorn Vineyards and is now owned by Twomey Cellars. Organically farmed, this vineyard is situated in the “deep end” (cooler end) of the Anderson Valley. Clones 777, 667 and 115. 1/3 fermented whole cluster. 7-day cold soak, native yeast fermentation, aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Uplifting perfume of red cherries and tea leaf. Moderately intense flavors of dark red cherries and raspberries with a complimentary hint of spice and oak, robed in ripe, firm tannins. Impressive mid palate impression, welcoming crispness, and admirable finishing length. A serious wine of pedigree that needs more time in bottle for full expression. Very good. Reviewed July 5, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.61, 1,853 cases, $46. Sourced from Ferrington, Savoy and Monument Tree vineyards. Aged 15 months sur lies in 45% new and 55% once-used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish color in the glass. Muted, but pleasing aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, dried rose petals and sandalwood. Delicious core of raspberry flavor elevated by brisk acidity, draped in well-proportioned tannins, underlain with a complimentary note of oak and savory herbs, and finishing with a vivid riff of cherry fruit which lingers for a remarkably long time. A seamless wine that is uncommonly refreshing. Tasted against several very good Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs, this was the clear standout. Re-tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become more aromatic and generous in flavor. Irresistable. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.71, TA .54, 143 cases, $38. 33% whole cluster. Dijon 777, 667 and 115. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels. · The aromas are striking showing off perfectly ripe black cherries, black raspberries and a hint of pine. Strikes a chord from entry to finish, with a vivid core of cherry and berry fruit that is just plain delicious. The moderate tannins are beautifully proportioned, the mouth feel is delicate and sensual, and the wine is impeccably balanced. This sexy, irresistible wine has the whole package. Reviewed April 11, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 370 cases, $40. 60% Balo Vineyard and 40% Monument Tree Vineyard. Reviewed in July and August 2011. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Somewhat brooding on the nose with aromas of riper, darker fruits and leather. Tasty array of fruit on the palate including black cherries and dark red berries with hints of tea leaves and herbs in the background. Mild tannins. Good. Reviewed February 22, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Drew Monument Tree Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 200 cases, $42. This vineyard is located in the deep-end of the Anderson Valley in Philo. 15 acres planted to Dijon clones 114, 115 and 667 in 1999. Charles McBride is the owner. Yields were 2.4 tons per acre. Brix at harvest was 24.5º. 15% whole cluster fermentation, 30% stem inclusion, 7-day cold soak and 20 days on skins. Aged for 11 months in 30% new and 70% seasoned French oak barrels. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color. On the nose there are slightly confected red plums and berries, forest pine and cedar with a hint of camphor and spice, becoming more floral with time in the glass. Woodsy and earthy red berry fruit with a supporting dusting of oak. Beautifully composed with fine tannins, a spark of acidity and a soft and clean finish. Builds in momentum in the glass and keeps getting better and better. Like a well-perfumed and adorned debutante, this wine is a charmer. Tasted twice with consistent results. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.52% alc., pH 3.65, 200 cases, $44. Released in the summer 2009. Planted in 1999 to Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 by Duckhorn Vineyards, this vineyard was later bought by Chuck McBride who hired Paul Ardzrooni to manage the vineyard. Situated at the deep end of the Anderson Valley. Winemaker Jon Grant. · Moderately deep color and slightly cloudy (unfiltered). Nicely composed perfume of dark red berries, black cherries and spice box. Rich, plush and very satisfying with an impressive mid palate attack of ripe fruit leading to a finishing note of peppery spice and uplifting citrus vibrancy. A hedonistic fruit-driven style that will find fans. Very good. Reviewed June 8, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Couloir Wines Monument Tree Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

8 barrels, $44. · Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., 495 cases, $42. This wine is made from sites heavily influenced by the coastal fog. Fog- Eater is a boontling term used to describe a coastal dweller, someone living out on the margin. The blend varies with each vintage. In 2006, the blend is 65% Valenti vineyard (clone 667) and 35% Monument Tree Vineyard (clones 115,667,777). Four day cold soak, 20% stem retention, gravity racked two times, barrel aged in 35% new French oak and 65% seasoned French oak for 11 months. · Attractive ruby color. Flamboyant aromatics sporting spiced cherries, watermelon, freshsawn oak and a little barnyard. Plenty of lovable Pinot fruits, fine-grained tannins, admirable acidity, and a velvety texture. Doesn’t have the twinkle that the 2005 vintage had, but perfectly fine in its own right. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 495 cases, $42. Made from two Anderson Valley vineyards heavily influenced by coastal fog. · This wine has the most flamboyant aromatics of the lineup with spiced cherries, watermelon, fresh sawn oak and a little barnyard. Plenty of lovable Pinot fruits, fine-grained tannins which could use some time to shed, and velvety texture. Doesn’t have the twinkle that the Weir has, but perfectly fine in its own right. Reviewed March 17, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Drew Fog-Eater Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., 225 cases · Outrageous aromatics with bright cherries, cranberries and sandalwood notes. Luscious green tea and cherry jam on toast flavors with suede-like tannins on the persistent finish. A regal wine that is nicely balanced and complete. Reviewed June 3, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »