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4910 Edna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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There’s a revolution fomenting in California winemaking. A move to overthrow the technical and tactical approach in favor of a more artisanal expression that allows the true nature of place to shine through. Robin and Jean have entrusted winemaker Jim Kress with the expression of Edna Valley through the wines of Tolosa.
Motivated by an early desire to put his stamp on a wine from start to finish, Jim Kress found himself immersed in the sciences of agriculture and chemistry that allowed him to fulfill his creative instincts through crafting wines of balance, depth and complexity. His fascination with differing soil compositions and the impact of local climates has led him on a pursuit to understand how these factors influence the resulting wines. After an undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, his passion for food and wine eventually led him to the UC Davis Masters of Science program in Enology and Viticulture. During his subsequent tenure at Domaine Chandon, the interest in Pinot Noir he shares with Jean established their fruitful working relationship—a relationship that more than a decade later now inspires the future of Tolosa. Jim is enticed by the intricate dance required of the craft of Pinot Noir—the challenges in the vineyard and cellar of this fickle grape and the exquisite rewards it offers—as well as its versatility in pairing with food and complementing a variety of culinary trends.
Now, after 20 vintages spent honing his technical mastery with wines from some of California’s most prestigious appellations, including Napa Valley, Los Carneros, Russian River Valley and Santa Rita Hills, Jim is eager to explore Edna Valley. To dig through its unique soil compositions and create wines which express the singularity of this marvelous terroir.
In Edna Valley, much as the soil and the climate come together, the paths of three men have converged. With a shared zeal to build complex, nuanced and balanced wines, they play off each other’s strengths; Jim and Jean’s excitement for the potential of the Tolosa vineyards has only increased Robin’s appreciation of his home of so many decades. True believers in terroir and the deepest evocation of place, together their mission is to discover the valley’s best pockets of soil, and through the art of uniting the right clones, rootstocks and sites, create exceptional Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that are the purest expressions of Edna Valley.