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Toulouse Vineyards & Winery

Owner(s) Ken Boltz, Maxine Boltz
Web site www.toulousevineyards.com
 
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Ken and Maxine Boltz are urban refugees from the San Francisco Bay area where Vern was an Oakland Fire Department Captain and home builder, and Maxine was a flight attendant and real estate professional. They purchased 160 acres near Philo in 1997, and planted a 17 acre vineyard to Pinot Noir. The vineyard was named Toulouse after a huge goose weighing in at up to 35 pounds that thrives in the tranquility of the vineyard. Toulouse supplies grapes for several other producers as well as bottling wines under the Toulouse Estate label. The wines are sold through the website. Tasting is by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2010 Toulouse Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc.. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The leanest interpretation of this vineyard that I have tasted, but a solid wine. Aromas of cherries, violets and spice. Dark red fruit flavors with an earthy, savory bent are featured on the modest palate. Lively and fresh, with some finishing presence. Drink. Score: 87. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »

2009 Toulouse Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.89, TA 0.54, 1,650 cases, $42. Released May 1, 2011. Clones 115, 667, 777 and 2A. · Light garnet in color and clear in the glass. Aromas of super-ripe fruit including raisin and root beer which carry over on the palate along with baking spice and pepper notes. Supple tannins and bright acidity on the finish. Decent. Reviewed July 1, 2011 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 ARTICLE »

2008 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.89, 550 cases, $50. · Moderately light in color. The nose is savory with notes of cherries, oak and a whiff of alcohol. Oak-kissed dilute fruit with a hint of root beer. No smoke notes but seems stripped. Decent. Reviewed June 8, 2010 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 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 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 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 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 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

2003 Toulouse Estate Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

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