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Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir 2015 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)
Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir 2015 (Santa Cruz Mountains, California)

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Winery: Mindego RIdge
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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Notes from the Winemaker:
Very youthful, assertive dark cherry, raspberry and tart plum aromas are complimented by notes of potpourri, anise, tar, smoke and black pepper, along with balanced oak and alcohol. Beautifully structured on the palate, this wine is medium bodied, with bright, pristine flavors that mirror the nose augmented by hints of dark earth. The medium to medium plus acidity and long finish of this wine confirm its exciting cellaring potential.
2014’s mild winter and warmer spring led to bud break in early March. In our mountain microclimate, May is our flowering month and developmentally most critical. Warmer than normal temps during May helped coax an exceptional fruit set, our best yet. Moderate temperatures, with only minimal late season rain, allowed for even ripening and optimum fruit maturity. At 3AM on August 15 th, under the glow of LED headlamps, our Pinot Noir harvest commenced. Fruit was picked straight to refrigerated transport and immediately whisked to St. Helena for processing
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Soil Type: 10-18” of silty clay loam over fractured shale subsoil
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 25% new
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Finished Alcohol: 13.6%
Chemistry: 23.3 Brix | 3.32 pH | 7.3 g/L titratable acidity

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous Media (2014 vintage):
As good as the Chardonnay is in 2014, the Pinot Noir is even better. Rich, dramatic and full-bodied, yet with remarkable translucence, the 2014 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. Violet, lavender, mint, dark spice and leather come together in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is hard to describe. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. - AG

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2014 vintage):
"Sporting a vibrant ruby color, the 2014 Pinot Noir has awesome fruit intensity in its bright black raspberry, Bing cherry, lavender and distinct floral characteristics. Upfront, medium-bodied, seamless and polished, with bright acidity and a clean finish, this is a beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir that will be better with short-term cellaring and keep through 2023."
-Jeb Dunnuck

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