TF Pinot Noir
Chef Tyler Florence and the Michael Mondavi family, long-time Napa Valley vintners, share a passion for pairing food and wine. Now Tyler has teamed up with Rob Mondavi, fourth generation winemaker, to craft three Limited-Production wines: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. These wines are sourced from exceptional California vineyards where each varietal takes on world-class character and quality.
The 2010 vintage in Napa Valley was late, cool, and long. A very wet winter caused bud break and the start to the growing season to be delayed from average by a couple of weeks. The cool weather continued throughout the summer, with foggy mornings, clear afternoons, and cool evenings. Harvest of the Pinot Noir grapes was several weeks behind typical harvest. This required a lot of patience in the vineyards, waiting for the optimal time to pick, but allowed for a slow and steady ripening of the berries to optimize ripe flavors while still maintaining complexity of aroma and flavor.
For TF Limited-Production Pinot Noir, Tyler and Rob looked to the Gallery Vineyard at the base of Prayer Mountain on the property surrounding the Michael Mondavi Family Estate in the Carneros district at the southern tip of Napa Valley. This spot, cooled by breezes and fog from San Pablo Bay, is ideal for Pinot Noir, a varietal that likes to develop slowly and steadily over a long growing season. Our vineyard here is planted to a wide range of top-quality Pinot Noir clones that develop pure expression of this remarkable terroir.
After fermenting the juice in small open-top stainless steel tanks and punching down by hand, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels to impart the clove-like spiciness that rounds out the bright red fruit and balanced acidity.