VOLUME 9, ISSUE 38
February 22, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Williams Selyem Estate Vineyard: A Description & Vertical Tasting Tasting Aged Williams Selyem Pinot Noir: Bottled Surprises Pinot Noir “Clone 95”: Dick Erath Revives an Old Treasure Failla Wines Sips of Recently Tasted Wines Hearty Burgundy Celebrates 50 Years Tasting Rooms Threatening to Overtax Healdsburg and Sonoma Pinot Briefs
Toretti's Family Vineyard
Bob Torres began producing wine under his own label with the 2006 vintage (Casa Torres Vineyard), subsequently changing the label to Toretti's Family Vineyard, a blending of his surname and his spouse, Marlene's maiden name, Maretti. The 5 acres of estate Pinot Noir vines were planted in 2000 on the family's 10-acre estate 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Maria Valley.
The focus is Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir and Syrah. The initial winemaker was Lane Tanner, and current hire, Paul Wilkins (Alta Maria, Native9) has worked magic with the fruit from this vineyard.
Production is about 950 cases annually. Wines are available by mail, fax or phone with some local distribution. A tasting room was in the planning stages in 2012.
Articles About Toretti's Family Vineyard
2009 Toretti Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., $44. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Attractive aromas of ripe cherries, strawberries, sandalwood and balsam. Delicious core of exotically flavored red cherries and berries with a slight confected tone. Light in weight and exuding plenty of finesse and charm, this wine is drinking beautifully now. Very good. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Toretti’s Family Vineyard Inocencio Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., $44. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry compote, freshly macerated strawberries and sandalwood rise up from the glass. A strawberry and cherry wonderland on the palate with a sidecar of spice and malt. A little more body and structure than the Santa Maria Valley bottling, this wine is an immensely satisfying one that caresses the taste buds with generous flavor without being overstuffed. Dude, this wine is great. Reviewed April 4, 2012 ARTICLE »
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