Figgins Toil Pinot Noir 2019, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Deep magenta in color. Lovely nose of ripe raspberry, Bing cherry, strawberry shortcake, sourdough toast, smoked meats, and black tea. Rich, broad, and ripe on the palate with a delicate fruity, herbal essence. Beautiful tannins and a lengthy finish result in a wine that is both edgy and brilliant. Aging profile: Once-filled and neutral French oak; 10 months in barrel. “From the time my great grandparents arrived in Walla Walla in 1902, my family has achieved everything through meticulous hard work. In fact, the silhouette on the label of Toil Oregon is from a photo of my Great Uncle William Leonetti and my father planting the first Leonetti Vineyard in 1974. Perhaps the biggest challenge of this endeavor is producing a wine that is the same level of quality that we have been producing at Leonetti Cellar for 40 years. It requires new learning, infinite patience, dedicated diligence, and a willingness to consistently toil in pursuit of perfection. For many years, I have been enjoying Pinot Noir from around the world. I fell in love with how this varietal, especially from Willamette Valley, is a perfect complement to the dense, dark, masculine wines we produce here in the Walla Walla Valley. At its finest, Pinot Noir has such a lovely delicacy, perfume, and levity that it was just impossible for me not to try my hand at creating it. Toil Oregon was created to acknowledge our past and my commitment to continue to lead my family in bringing you the finest of our efforts. I relentlessly strive to honor the trailblazers of the Willamette Valley and to add to their legacy in the same way newcomers to the Walla Walla Valley honor my father.” – Chris Figgins