Review: 2017 Tolosa 1772 Pinot Noir Edna Ranch
This pinot noir is the flagship wine of Tolosa Winery, arguably the blue chip operation in the quirky, remote Edna Valley of California.
Bright and citrusy, this is a surprising wine that kicks off its ultralight body with unusual notes of strawberry and pineapple, before settling into a more familiar groove that blends notes of graphite and licorice with a fruity strawberry and maraschino cherry character. The finish offers some tea leaf and cola notes — more traditional components of a California pinot noir — while the conclusion keeps the focus on sweetness. Some notes of cooked bacon and a touch of smoke creep into the finish, too.
It’s an interesting wine and, again, unusual — but probably not for everyone.
B+ / $70 / tolosawinery.com
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