Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Toyon Farm's vineyards lie in the heart of theCarneros region bordering both Hyde Vineyards and Bayview Vineyards. 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 in 1996 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 and a heritage selection the Penhoets brought from their Carmel Valley property that was originally planted in 1981.