Toucan Wines 2011 Carignane – Evangelho Vineyard
This wine comes from the fruit of Evangelho Vineyard and the vines were planted in1890. In the glass you detect a dark garnet with medium viscosity with plum, red fruit (cranberry), cocoa powder, earth, and bramble on the nose. On the palate you detect much of what you detect on the bouquet along with spice, subtle complexity, and very pleasant oak integration. A nice medium finish, well balanced, nice layering of complex flavors. One might be pleasantly surprised at the alcohol content in that it does not taste as high as it is. This is a very food friendly wine.
Toucan Wines was a husband and wife run micro-winery and 3½ acre vineyard producing hand-crafted estate grown Zinfandel and Petite Sirah wines with a total limited estate production of about 300 cases. Toucan Wines 2011 Carignane – Evangelho Vineyard was next to the last bottling of this wine. Only 238 cases of Toucan Wines 2011 Carignane were produced. The wine was bottled late July 2013.
Wine Facts: Harvest was September 28th, 2011/Bottled July 20-25, 2013 / Alcohol 15.8
Toucan Wines was located on the beautiful central coast of California, deep in the foothills of the Arroyo Grande Valley AVA. Their winery and vineyard was established on a small 3½ acre hillside vineyard that had been planted to "old clone" head-trained Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines known for low-yields, looser clusters, and balanced fruit. The unique micro-climate helped to produce an elegant, yet forward Zinfandel and Petite Sirah with rich varietal flavors and balanced acidity - making Toucan wines the perfect selection for fine food. This husband-and-wife team, Doug Timewell and Terrie Leivers farmed the vines and produce the wines, truly are a family winery - they planted the vineyard, they perform the vineyard work, and they produce and bottle the wines at the winery located next to their family home. Small by any standard, micro-wineries like Doug and Terrie focused on quality – it’s easy to detect by the wines they provide for enjoyment in the glass. Terrie painted the painting "Toucan Symphony" that is a part of the label for this wine. Doug's goal was to produce every wine without adjustment, and each was carefully aged in only the finest new oak, then hand-bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2013 became the year Toucan Wines produced their final wine and in 2017 Doug and Terrie removed the Toucan Wines Vineyard and began restoring the land back to its natural state. As a result, our artisan estate wines will never be produced again. I have kept in touch with Doug for years, enjoyed his wines and still we never had the opportunity to meet face to face. That makes for a bit of a sad story. However, it is a new chapter in Doug and Terrie's life, and I wish them the very best! I still hope that our paths will cross in the future. Perhaps at one of the Central Coast Wine Events.
As for Doug’s wines, just recently we had an exchange and Doug indicated he still had some of his Estate bottles available. For those of us that were able to get our hands on a few bottles of Toucan's Carignane and his Cuvee, enjoy them, savor them with food, and share them with family and friends