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Chris Figgins, the President and Winemaking Director for Figgins Family Estates in Walla Walla is the son of Gary Figgins, the well-known winemaker who founded Leonetti Cellars, one of Washington's cult wines. Chris has his own wine brand, Figgins, and his latest enterprise as part of the Figgins Family Wine Estates Portfolio is Toil Oregon, a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. He may be the first eastern Washington winemaker to produce a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
The inaugural wine from the 2012 vintage was sourced from Ribbon Ridge (Ridgecrest Vineyard) and Eola-Amity Hills (Schindler Vineyard) AVAs.
The wine is sold through a mailing list.
2018 Toil Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., 755 cases, $50. Released spring 2020. Aged 11 months in French oak barrels, 32% new and 68% neutral.
Note: This wine comes from Figgins Family Wine Estates that includes Leonetti, Figgins and Toil Oregon and is produced and bottled in Walla Walla Washington. The winemaker, Chris Figgins, is the son of Gary Figgins, the well-known winemaker who founded one of Washington’s cult wines, Leonetti Cellars. The inaugural wine was produced in 2012 from grapes sourced in the Willamette Valley. The new Toil Estate Vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains but has not yet produced a commercial crop.. Chris may be the first eastern Washington winemaker to offer a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. The wines, that include a Chardonnay and Rosé, are sold through a mailing list at www.toiloregon.com.
· Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Friendly aromas of cherry, strawberry, baking spices, and a hint of rose petal. Inviting freshness and vitality in a mid-weight style offering a satisfying core of black cherry fruit underlain with spice and subtle oak. Easy going in a forward drinking style. Score: 92. Reviewed May 25, 2020 ARTICLE »