Haynes Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2012 vintage of Haynes Vineyard fruit
marks the 38th consecutive year that I've bought grapes
grown by Fernando Delgado. We met for the first time back
in 1975, the year I started Tulocay Winery. At the time,
Fernando lived in the vineyard that he was taking care of,
owned by Duncan and Pat Haynes. After all those years,
he's still there, and, yes, I'm still here.
A lot of folks you'd recognize their
names also make Pinot from this vineyard, which is
located on a south facing slope just about a mile down the
road east from the winery in the cool Coombsville
microclimate. Each year the grapes keep getting better and
better. For those who have long followed Tulocay Pinots,
we hope you agree.
The boss has long been known for producing Burgundian-like
Pinot Noirs. Many take five or more years to reach
maturity and then continue to develop for another five years or
more. The primary reason is the nature of Haynes Vineyard,
which has been producing noteworthy Pinots for many
The second reason is the Tulocay Winery microflora.
Today's mass production wineries are as sterile as a milk
factory. But Tulocay is not that. We're small, we're
funky, and we're a host to all kinds of microflora that
don't exist in larger, aseptically sterile wine-producing
It's this atmosphere coupled from the raw material from
the Haynes Vineyard that makes great and
memorable Pinot Noir. Like all Tulocay Pinots, the 2012 will
start to show its true colors in several years,
then age for at least a half-decade more.
"Normally, I would avoid any Pinot with Napa Valley on it. However, this
was a Tulocay wine club delivery. Best Napa Pinot I have ever had." Jeremy Autry, delectable.com
"God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the devil made Pinot Noir." attributed to Andrι Tchelistcheff
there are vines, there is civilisation. There is no
de Montille, Domaine
Hubert de Montille, Volnay
"You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles?"
Maya: "Why are you so into Pinot? I
mean, it's like a thing with you."
Miles: "Uh, I don't know, I don't know.
Um, it's a hard grape to grow, as you know. Right? It's
uh, it's thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early.
It's, you know, it's not a survivor like Cabernet, which
can just grow anywhere and uh, thrive even when it's
neglected. No, Pinot needs constant care and attention.
You know? And in fact it can only grow in these really
specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And,
and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can
do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time
to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into
its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors,
they're just the most haunting and brilliant and
thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet."
from the movie Sideways,
written and directed by Alexander Payne
A cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints. Italian proverb