Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Toyon Farm's vineyards lie in the heart of theCarneros region. The Carneros American Viticultural Area (AVA) stretches from the San Pablo Bay up to the southern tips of the towns of Napa and Sonoma and spans the Petaluma gap to the Napa River. While the region is typically defined by cool, foggy weather and dense Haire clay-loam soils, the northeast corner of the Carneros has a more mixed geologic pedigree. A majority of Toyon's vineyards sit in loamy soil derived from sedimentary rock, though volcanic tufa and gravel beds crop up in some corners of the ranch. The larger vineyard blocks are on western-facing slopes, capturing the warmth and light that breaks after the customary morning fog.
The thirty-four acres of grapevines are split between 14 acres Pinot Noir and 14.2 acres of Chardonnay, plus 5.4 fallow acres. The first vines planted were in1996 to Chardonnay clones 76 and 96. Since then two other Chardonnay blocks have been developed with the Old Wente clone. Pinot noir was first planted in 1998 and now five distinct blocks exist over a number of different rootstocks. Clones include 115, 777, Swan and a heritage selection the Penhoets brought from their CarmelValley property that was originally planted in 1981. Of the fallow acreage,3.5 acres will be planted in 2014. The remaining 2 acres will be planted to a certified version of the heritage clone when released from UC Davis. Each vine has been planted and attended to by Vineyard Manager Jose Lomeli. Jose is very dedicated to his vines, and you can find him at work on frosty nights and tending to irrigation all hours of the day. Leading up to harvest, Jose is constantly monitoring each block, working with the winemakers to assure that fruit is picked at the exact right moment and in pristine condition. As a result,Toyon fruit is in demand. Ancien and Saintsbury produce Toyon vineyard designated wines, and Alpha Omega and Duckhorn rely on Toyon fruit for their flagship wines.