Toasted Head

Named for the traditional practice of toasting barrel heads and staves to impart a mellow, toasted flavor to barrel-aged wines, Toasted Head began making hand-crafted wines at our vineyards in the Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County, California in 1995.
Yolo County may not be a major destination for wine lovers, but that's okay by us. Our neighbor to the west, Napa County, gets all the tourists, while Sacramento County, to the east, gets all the politicians (and hot air!). We're in between, in one of California's original 27 counties, which has stayed a rural oasis that is now home to a large community of artists and craftspeople, as well as California's greatest concentration of organic farmers. The name Yolo is from the native Poewin Indian word "yo-loy," meaning "abounding in the rushes," but some locals insist it's an acronym for "You Only Live Once."
Our estate vineyards in Yolo's Dunnigan Hills, a designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) on the eastern side of California's Coast Range Mountains, are perched on rolling hillsides with well-drained gravelly loam soils. It gets warm in the Dunnigan Hills in summer, but cooling breezes from the Sacramento Delta and San Francisco Bay reduce evening temperatures to between 55° and 65°F. This enables our grapes to cool down quickly at night, preserving their fresh flavors and crisp natural acidity.
For over 30 years, the farms around here have supplied northern California's finest restaurants and farmer's markets with a cornucopia of delicious, organically grown fruits, vegetables and nuts. At Toasted Head, we're proud to have added fine wine to the menu.

What does a fire-breathing bear have to do with any of this?
The fire-breathing bear on our label was inspired by a drawing created by artist Robert Shetterly for a poem entitled "Speaking Fire at Stones."

"...every one of these stones contains a bear. You just have to burn it free."
– William Carpenter, Speaking Fire at Stones

The mystery and wry humor of the bear, coupled with our commitment to superior winemaking, perfectly captures the Toasted Head state of mind.

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Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
“This wine opens with ripe plum and dark berry fruits on the nose accompanied by a graham cracker toastiness from oak aging. On the palate this Cabernet focuses on ripe blackberry and dark cherry surrounded by bourbon vanilla and caramelized sugar notes. The structure is big and full with chewy
Item Number: 27561
Bottle:$10.95
Case: $131.40
BTL

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2016
(1)
"This Chardonnay has aromas of bourbon, butterscotch, white peach, and Asian pear. On the palate, creamy toast and peachy caramelized custard flavors are complemented by a clean, hot finish. Barrel fermentation and aging is obvious in the wine, with a full, broad finish. Braised meats (lamb shank,
Item Number: 26846
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
BTL

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2015
"This Chardonnay has aromas of bourbon, butterscotch, white peach, and Asian pear. On the palate, creamy toast and peachy caramelized custard flavors are complemented by a clean, hot finish. Barrel fermentation and aging is obvious in the wine, with a full, broad finish. Braised meats (lamb shank,

Toasted Head Untamed Red 2014
Aromas of dark berry fruits (dark cherry, blackberry), graham cracker, and lightly floral with oak showing as cedar, spice and vanilla. This wine is bright and fruit driven with a moderate structure and soft cinnamon-infused finish.

Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
This wine opens with ripe plum and dark berry fruits on the nose accompanied by a graham cracker toastiness from oak aging. On the palate this Cabernet focuses on ripe blackberry and dark cherry surrounded by bourbon vanilla and caramelized sugar notes. The structure is big and full with chewy

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2014
(1)
"This Chardonnay has aromas of bourbon, butterscotch, white peach, and Asian pear. On the palate, creamy toast and peachy caramelized custard flavors are complemented by a clean, hot finish. Barrel fermentation and aging is obvious in the wine, with a full, broad finish. Braised meats (lamb shank,

Toasted Head Untamed Red 2013
"Aromas of dark berry fruits (dark cherry, blackberry), graham cracker, and lightly floral with oak showing as cedar, spice and vanilla. This wine is bright and fruit driven with a moderate structure and soft cinnamon-infused finish. As a medium-to-light weight wine with good acidity, think of

Toasted Head Untamed Red 2012
"Aromas of dark berry fruits (dark cherry, blackberry), graham cracker, and lightly floral with oak showing as cedar, spice and vanilla. This wine is bright and fruit driven with a moderate structure and soft cinnamon-infused finish. As a medium-to-light weight wine with good acidity, think of

Toasted Head 'Barrel Blanc' Sauvignon Blanc 2012
"If you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that offers an extra kick, this is your wine! Aromas of citrus and bright tropical fruit (guava and pineapple), are followed by hints of zesty, nutty oak (fresh hazelnut and pecan). Crisp acidity and bright citrus fruit (lemon and

Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
(1)
"This wine opens with ripe plum and dark berry fruits on the nose accompanied by a graham cracker toastiness from oak aging. On the palate this Cabernet focuses on ripe blackberry and dark cherry surrounded by bourbon vanilla and caramelized sugar notes." ~Winery Notes  "We source the fruit for

Toasted Head Untamed White 2010
"Untamed White, a bright light straw color, offers unrestrained and voluptuous aromas of  honeysuckle, vanilla bean, orange blossoms, and pear followed by juicy white peach, fresh  kiwi, and other tantalizing, exotic fruit flavors. It tastes amazing with Asian cuisine, white  fish, or hors

Toasted Head 'Barrel Reserve' Pinot Noir 2006
"Toasted Head's Barrel Reserve Pinot Noir boasts a beautiful varietal nose of wild cherry and raspberry fruit complemented by floral, Asian spice, sandalwood, and earth tones. Sappy, spicy, and wonderfully balanced in the mouth. With unmistakable varietal pedigree, we produce lovely elegant Pinot

Toasted Head Untamed Red 2011
"This rich, mouth-filling wine features prominent flavors of wild blackberry and red raspberry. There are intriguing lavender accents on the nose, and the barrel aging adds nuances of vanilla and cedar. Round and ripe on the palate, the wine has medium tannins that carry into a long, spicy finish.

Toasted Head Chardonnay 2013
"This Chardonnay has aromas of bourbon, butterscotch, white peach, and Asian pear. On the palate, creamy toast and peachy caramelized custard flavors are complemented by a clean, hot finish. Barrel fermentation and aging is obvious in the wine, with a full, broad finish. Braised meats (lamb shank,


Toasted Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"This wine opens with ripe plum and dark berry fruits on the nose accompanied by a graham cracker toastiness from oak aging. On the palate this Cabernet focuses on ripe blackberry and dark cherry surrounded by bourbon vanilla and caramelized sugar notes. The structure is big and full with chewy