This tiny vineyard (1.68 acres) is planted to a single clone and can only be described as a labor of love. MacPhail Wines has a ten-year history with the vineyard, and is the only winery sourcing fruit here. The Martini clone of Pinot Noir produces distinctive fruit with earthy, herbal notes often described as robust, and just as often as a favorite of Anderson Valley.
The Toulouse Vineyard is located in the heart of Anderson Valley along Highway 128, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean and two hours north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The climate and weather patterns in this region are ideal for Pinot Noir, creating the perfect sugar/acid balance in the grapes. This vineyard is an important touchstone for MacPhail Wines, as it's one of the first vineyards we sourced from, beginning with the 2002 vintage.
Most everyone knows that Jim Pratt is a grower we truly admire, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that when the opportunity for a little Chardonnay from Vine Hill presented itself, it was a run, don’t walk situation. On the edge of Green Valley near Forestville in the Laguna Hills region, legendary vintner neighbors all around this vineyard are just one clue that something very special is happening here.
Jim Pratt began developing this vineyard in the late 1990's, on a site south of Graton and west of Sebastopol on the far western portion of the Sonoma Coast in an area known as the Sebastopol Hills. The slightly sloping hillside receives the classic morning fog and warm afternoons common to the coastal region, producing fruit with great acidity.