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 of my Great Uncle William Leonetti taken from a picture with my father planting the first Leonetti Vineyard in 1976 at the original homestead. 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 over 35 years. It requires new learning, infinite patience, dedicated diligence, and a willingness to consistently toil in pursuit of perfection.
The original inspiration for making a Pinot Noir from Oregon manifested itself in a simple gravitational pull to “Go West” for a new winemaking challenge. For many years I have been enjoying Pinot Noir from around the world. I fell in love with how this varietal, especially from Oregon, 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. Now, not only from the Walla Walla Valley, but from the Willamette Valley as well. 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.
This is my journey, this is my Toil, and I cannot wait to share it with you.
CHRIS FIGGINSPresident & Winemaking DirectorFiggins Family Wine Estates
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