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2012 Tulocay Pinot Noir Haynes Vineyard2012 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.

— Bill Cadman

Skippy's note:

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 decades.

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 facilities.

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.

— Skippy


"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

"Where there are vines, there is civilisation. There is no barbarism." — Hubert de Montille, Domaine Hubert de Montille, Volnay

Maya: "You know, can I ask you a personal question, Miles?"
Miles: "Sure."
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



 



Tulocay Winery

1426 Coombsville Road • Napa, CA 94558

Phone: (707) 255-4064
Email: bill@tulocay.com or
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