Toluca Lane is a family owned boutique grape growing and wine operation...
in Yamhill County that produces about 300 cases of wine. Our philosophy is to make intense, handcrafted Pinot Noir in a Burgundian-fashion. In order to achieve this intensity, we drop over half of our fruit to 8 clusters or less per vine. This yields an average of less than 2 tons per acre thus concentrating the remaining fruit.
We purchased our 5-acre parcel in 1997. At that time it was solid pine trees with plenty of blackberry bushes growing up and through the trees. We cleared the land and slowly established 2 small vineyards of Pinot Noir.
Our dream 20 years ago was to make a quality, sophisticated Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is affectionately referred to as “the heartbreak grape”. We have come to understand how it has earned this reputation. It is a fussy little grape with thin skins and wants to be treated genteelly like a porcelain doll.
We left everything for our dream -- California , the big city life, family and friends. We love it here and we love making Pinot Noir that family and friends can enjoy.
Owner: Geoffrey & Lane Crowther
2010 Pinot Noir Walnut Hill Reserve
Pleasant and inviting aromas of lilacs with a tad of vanilla and some sweet...