2012 Toucan Wines Reserve Cuvee

Estate Zinfandel, Carignane & Estate Petite Sirah

 

Our 2012 Reserve Cuvee is blend of our Estate Zinfandel, Old Vine Carignane, and Estate Petite Sirah. I held back, or reserved, the majority of our Estate Zinfandel in 2012 as the backbone for this blend. I added Old Vine Carignane, from the Evangelho Vineyard, and Estate Petite Sirah until I felt we had found a perfect balance.

Our 2012 Reserve Cuvee is the perfect blend, balanced with complex fruit, and another of our wines that work perfectly with food. Drink 2015 - 2022.

Harvest:        Sept. 22nd – Oct. 7th

Bottled:         November, 2014

Acid:            .8TA 3.31pH

Alcohol:         15.3%

Release:        230 cases

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2012 Toucan Wines Estate Zinfandel

Toucan Vineyard, Zinfandel & 10% Petite Sirah

We selected 4 of the 10 barrels of Estate Zinfandel we produced to represent our first Estate Zinfandel release since the 2009 vintage. We added 10% Estate Petite Sirah and the resulting blend spent 20 months in 50% new and 50% one year old French oak barrels.

Our 2012 Estate Zinfandel is a perfect example of the fruit our vineyard is capable of producing.  A complex wine with brighter cherry-raspberry initially, and followed by a riper profile of rich berry and seductive oak. Balanced and build to last, like our 2005 and 2007, this wine is food ready and will develop for many years in the bottle. Drink 2015 - 2022 

 

Harvest:   Sept. 22nd – Oct. 7th

Bottled:    June 24, 2014

Acid:        .82TA 3.32pH

Alcohol:    15.0%

Release:    97 cases

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2012 Toucan Wines Estate Petite Sirah

Toucan Vineyard, Petite Sirah & 20% Zinfandel

Our limited amount of Estate Petite Sirah was shared between our Estate Zinfandel Blend, our Reserve Cuvee, and our Estate Petite Sirah release of 48 cases. The fruit was unusually small clustered and ripened early to create a dark, and full bodied example from our 300 producing estate Petite Sirah vines.

This release of Estate Petite Sirah is a blend that includes 20% of our Estate Zinfandel. The blend rested for 20 months in new Hungarian oak barrels, and we hand-bottled 48 cases including a few larger format bottles. A young, complex wine that is more approachable than our 2010 was when young. This wine is food ready and will develop for many years in the bottle. Drink 2015 - 2025

Harvest:   October 3rd

Bottled:    June 25th, 2014

Acid:        .84 TA 3.22pH
Alcohol:    15.1%

Release:    48 cases

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2012 Toucan Wines Old-Vine Carignane

Evangelho Vineyard

 

This vintage yielded a crop with slightly lower sugar levels (25.5 Brix) that resulted in a wine that reached 14.8% alcohol instead of the usual 15.9 or 16% as with our 2008, 2010, and 2011. This reduction is by no means a reflection of lesser quality or less forwardness – the 2012 vintage is another perfect example of the fine fruit grown in this very old vineyard, very balanced and in some ways more complex than earlier vintages.

 

Our 2012 Old Vine Carignane is our fifth release from this special vineyard. We allowed 23 months of aging in fine oak barrels. This wine will develop for many years in the bottle. Drink 2015 – 2020.

 

Harvest   September 18th

Bottled    August 18th

Acid        .77TA 3.35pH

Alcohol    14.8%

Release   142 cases

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2008 Toucan Wines Estate Zinfandel

Toucan Vineyard, Zinfandel & 14% Petite Sirah

 

GOLD

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2011

San Diego Wine Competition 2011

SILVER

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2011

Orange County Wine Competition 2011

 

This is not your typical Zinfandel. Our 2008 Estate Zinfandel is a big, opulent, complex wine that spent 16 months in mostly new French, Hungarian, and American barrels. Dark garnet/purple with a huge nose of ripe wild berry and complex fruits. Lush, ripe berry fruit welcomes your taste-buds with a core of delicious fruit.

 

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Harvest: Sept 7th through Oct. 26th

Bottled: March 15, 2010

Acid:  .8

Alcohol: 15%

Release: 271 cases (including 750ml and magnums)

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"Toucan 2008 Estate Arroyo Grande is dark and rich in color with a pop of some really beautiful complex fruit and a nice long inviting finish.  Big, lush, and inviting sums up Doug Timewell’s 2008 Toucan Estate Zinfandel. This Zinfandel almost seems to rest in its bottle just waiting to be paired with a nice steak or one of your other favorite meat dishes." - California Wine Trails (3/2012)


 

2011 Old-Vine Carignane

Evangelho Vineyard

Contra Costa County

GOLD

Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2014

GOLD

Orange County Wine Competition 2014

SILVER

CA State Wine Competition 2014

The 2011 Old Vine Carignane is our forth release from this beautiful vineyard originally planted in 1890. Our Evangelho grown fruit was the last harvested from the vineyard in 2011. This last harvested fruit 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.

The 2011 Old Vine Carignane is different when compared to the 2010, I'm finding the 2011 is very approachable today but improves and softens with decanting. The 2010 is drinking beautifully today, and will improve for many years to come with proper storage. Both are fine examples from this wonderful vineyard.

Toucan Symphony" by Laurel Sherrie

 

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Harvest: Sept. 28, 2011

Bottled: July 20-25, 2013

Production: 238 cases

Alcohol: 15.8

pH: 3.31

TA: .83

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2010 Old-Vine Carignane

Evangelho Vineyard

Contra Costa County

GOLD

Orange County Wine Competition 2013

SILVER

CA State Wine Competition 2013

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Harvest: September 11th

Bottled: July, 2012

Acid:  .84

Alcohol: 16%

Released: 234 Cases

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Estate Toucanet

Mutage d' esprit - Sweet Dessert Wine

Toucan Vineyard, Zinfandel & Petite Sirah

 

GOLD

Pacific Rim Wine Competition 2010

SILVER

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2010

 

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Harvest: 3 barrels 2007 & 1 barrel 2008

Bottled: July 20, 2009

Acid:  .65 TA 3.38pH

Alcohol: 19%

Sugar: 12%

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2009 Estate Toucanet

Mutage d' esprit - Sweet Dessert Wine

Toucan Vineyard, Zinfandel & Petite Sirah

 

How does this new release compare to the NV Estate Toucanet? The 2009 is a little less sweet and a very similar flavor profile. Both are beautiful and drinking perfectly.

 

Harvest: September-October, 2009

Bottled: August, 2011

Alcohol: 19%

Sugar: 8.5%

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