Tulocay Pinot Noir Coombsville Napa Valley 2013
Man, we have it going ON today! Wow! TULOCAY! A Napa original, an under-the-radar gem, “insider” winery since 1975!! WHAT. A. PRICE!
Tulocay has a terrific history in our Valley, and they proudly keep it real there, noting their ‘“non-Beverly Hills-ified” status --- in fact, check out their website for some more good reading. Winemaker Bill Cadman’s notes on this wine are fascinating…”The 2013 vintage of Haynes Vineyard fruit marks the 39th consecutive year that I've bought grapes grown by Fernando Delgado. We met for the first time back in 1975, the year I started Tulocay Winery…A lot of folks — you'd recognize their names — also make Pinot from this vineyard, which is located on a south facing slope just about a mile down the road east from the winery in the cool Coombsville microclimate. Each year the grapes keep getting better and better.”
The wine is fantastic. For the price we scored, this is a “case buy” in our book. Fresh and lively, with cherries, a bit of cola, rose petal, incense and crushed flowers, with the correct earthy note you want from great pinot. WHAT a score!! Get it while we have it --- and if you dig old-school when you visit the Valley, hit them up!
More interesting notes from the winery…”The boss has long been known for producing Burgundian-like Pinot Noirs. Many take five or more years to reach maturity and then continue to develop for another five years or more. The primary reason is the nature of Haynes Vineyard, which has been producing noteworthy Pinots for many decades.
The second reason is the Tulocay Winery microflora. Today's mass production wineries are as sterile as a milk factory. But Tulocay is not that. "We're small, we're funky, and we're a host to all kinds of microflora that don't exist in larger, aseptically sterile wine-producing facilities.
It's this atmosphere — coupled from the raw material from the Haynes Vineyard — that makes great and memorable Pinot Noir. Like all Tulocay Pinots, the 2013 will start to show its true colors in several years, then age for at least a half-decade more.”
Got some? Sweet! Have a great day!
Bill Cadman has been making Pinot Noir for nearly 40 years. His winery is his home. No fancy tasting room or vineyard tours or gondola to the top of the hill type stuff. Just good old fashioned family run winemaking.
Technical DetailsCountry: United States
Region: Napa Valley
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Bill Cadman
About The Producer
All of the Tulocay wines are from small single vineyards with a focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel (and a focus on grapes grown in Coombsville). These are typically 100% varietal wines. This Pinot features fruit from the famed Haynes Vineyard in Coombsville, from which owner Bill Cadman has been getting grapes since he founded the winery in the mid-1970s. These are certainly among the oldest if not the oldest continuously commercially producing Pinot Noir vines in all of the Napa Valley.
Bill Cadman is the man behind this small winery. He got his feet wet at age 29 working at Charles Krug Winery. Soon he picked up wine related knowledge and spent time at Heitz, Clos du Val, (all long time Napa wineries still in existence) and Robert Mondavi Winery where he worked for more then 20 years as a tour guide.
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