New Vineyards New Bottlings
Since we started making Pinot Noir in 2002, we have added new bottlings as the right opportunities have presented themselves. In 2014, we had two opportunities we couldn’t pass up. Now, we are excited to introduce our Last Stop and and Oregon Pinot Noirs which will release this September.
LAST STOP VINEYARD
Last Stop Vineyard is located in Forestville in the Russian River Valley. While fruit from this vineyard has been blended into our Russian River Valley Pinot Noir since 2007, this is the first time we have presented it as a single vineyard bottling. In early 2014, we acquired this outstanding vineyard with fruit so vibrant it deserved a bottling of its own.
This vineyard is rich in local history. The name “Last Stop” is based on the vineyard’s location. From 1903-1919, a rail line ran from San Francisco to Forestville, bringing visitors to retreat along the Russian River.
The train station in Forestville was the last stop on the line.
Even though the train tracks no longer run through town, their foot print is now a hiking trail. This small town has grown and changed since the early 1900’s. The vineyard site was once slated for development, but our acquisition has ensured it will remain committed to agricultural use. We are proud to be the stewards of this beautiful land. While this may have been the end of the line, it is the beginning of great wines to come.
The second new addition to our Pinot Noir collection is from Oregon. We have always known Oregon had some fantastic Pinot growing regions, it just took some time and relationship building to gain access to fruit that met our quality standards. With the help of our Winemaker, Erin Miller, who previously worked at Evening Land Vineyards in Oregon, we were able to acquire fruit in 2014. This has been an exciting venture for us.
Like other cool climates in California, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. Though the climate is dramatically different, the short growing season helps create Pinots high in acidity and tannins creating a wine with great age-ability.
Being our inaugural vintage of this bottling, it is extremely limited in availability. Club Twomey members will receive exclusive first access when it is released in the fall.
While our Pinot Noir program continues to grow with the addition of exceptional vineyards from world-class growing regions, we remain steadfast to creating wines that transmit a sense of place – the kind of wines we drink at home with food, family and friends.