2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir SKU #1330460

$39.99

VN 95 RP 92
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K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Youthful, assertive aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and tart plum carry through to the palate. A wine with pristine flavors, balance and definition. Beautiful drinkability now, with exciting cellaring potential. Estate-grown from a 8.7-acre vineyard only 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Made with particular attention to this special terroir. To preserve the beauty and nuance of this ocean-influenced, cool climate mountain vineyard, our Pinot Noir is made in small lots by non-interventionist methods--hand sorting, native-yeast fermentation, hand punch downs. Aged for 11 months in 25% new, 75% neutral French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 805 cases made."

Staff Reviews

  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    11/16/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    There's delicious, juicy, easy drinking Pinot Noir and then there's serious Pinot Noir like the 2014 Mindego Ridge. What does "serious" mean? It means balance and beauty with layers of flavor that slowly develop and unveil themselves after time in the glass. The dark and brooding fruit of the Santa Cruz Mountains is the star, of course, but under that there are hints of herbs and spice that begin on the nose and continue unwind as your swirl and sip your way through the glass. It's everything I love about Santa Cruz Mountain wines: mystery and intrigue with fresh acidity. The Mindego Ridge wines are from a tiny family-owned estate property, making this all the more fun to drink. It's rare that I find new Pinots from Santa Cruz these days that wow me, but this is another great find.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    11/16/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    I love how both of the 2014 offerings from Mindego Ridge offer up a perfect synthesis of varietal and place. The Pinot Noir immediately communicates is terroir of coastal mountains, coniferous forests and pacific ocean breezes. The wine has such a delicate yet distinctive perfume: crunchy black and red berries, mulling spices, pine needles, fruitcake. One the palate the wine is concentrated but focused, it has feeling of small, tight, clusters of fruit and a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity. Whilst the fruit expression is pure Pinot Noir, I also love that this wine embraces just a dash of the varietals savory side; there's bramble, forest floor and slatey minerals. Such a complete, complex and compelling wine that continues evolving with every sip.

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