2019 Dune & Mountain Pinot Noir

2019 Dune & Mountain Pinot Noir

2019 Dune & Mountain Pinot Noir

Vineyard and Region Information: The first of the two vineyard sources for this wine is one of our favorites - Coastview Vineyard high atop the Gabilan Mountains at 2400 feet and planted in decomposed granite. The second is the Olson Vineyard located just a few miles from the center of Monterey Bay and is planted in ancient sand dunes. The heavy fog typical at this vineyard slows down the ripening making this one of the latest Pinot picks every year.

Vintage Notes: The 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter with several rainstorms spread out between November 2018 through end of May 2019, totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave with temps >100F caused the vines and cover crops to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and the crop was above average.July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. In general, most picks began a bit later than normal (mid to late September). All together, a very good growing season.

Wine Notes: The resulting final wine has exceeded our expectations. The vibrant, spicy red fruit, beautiful silky texture and mouthfeel and a finish that is long and sustained. The aromatics jump out of the glass and the wine that follows is equally expressive and compelling. This is every bit the equal of some of our single vineyard cuvées at an 'appellation wine' price. It is drinking beautifully now, but will certainly come together more with time in bottle. If you have the patience to cellar wines, then this is a wine that will pay you dividends over the next 5 - 15 years.

”A blend of Pinot Noir from the Lester (Santa Cruz) and Coastview (Monterey) vineyards, 100% whole bunch. Textured and fine; ripe and balanced. Juicy red cherry fruit and a touch of strawberry. Supple, elegant and fine.” Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak. 94 Points

Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 95 Points

750ml $38