2011 Toucan Wines Old Vine Carignane

(120+ year old Evangelho Vineyard, planted 1890)


GOLD medal Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2014

GOLD medal Orange County Wine Competition 2014

SILVER (91 points) CA State Competition 2014


Our old vine Carignane is harvested from the low-yielding 120+ year old vines, grown in the Evangelho Vineyard located in Contra Costa County and planted in 1890.


Our Evangelho grown fruit was the last harvested from the Evangelho vineyard in 2011. This last harvest assures us the ripest possible conditions from the choicest sweet spot in this amazing vineyard. We traveled to the vineyard, the morning of September 28th and returned with 8 full bins of amazing Carignane fruit.


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That same afternoon, we crushed the fruit and then cold-soaked the must for 7 days before the natural yeast took hold. The wine slowly fermented and was pressed to a combination of mostly new French and Hungarian barrels.


After 22 months in fine oak barrels, and a total of three rackings, we proudly hand-bottled this wine unfined and unfiltered. The bottling of 238 cases took place the 3rd week of July, 2013. In addition to the standard 750ml bottles, we bottled five 3 liter double magnums.


fact sheet

Harvest: Sept. 28, 2011

Bottled: July 20-25, 2013

Production: 238 cases

Alcohol: 15.8

pH: 3.31

TA: .83


The resulting wine from this heirloom varietal, grown in the Evangelho vineyard since 1890, is loaded with bursting fruit, very balanced acid and refined oak aging. Today, this wine is drinking beautifully, and should drink well for many years to come - depending on storage.


Back in Arroyo Grande at our estate vineyard, 2011 was the last of three very challenging years for our estate vineyard. As a result we could not produce our Estate Zinfandel or our Estate Petite Sirah. In 2011, the Old Vine Carignane and an Old Vine Carignane Dessert Wine was all we produced.




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