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MINDEGO RIDGE PINOT NOIR "ESTATE", SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS 2015
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2015 Pinot Noir is fabulous. The decision to use 50% whole clusters, almost by necessity in 2015, resulted in a Pinot that is both rich in fruit and also aromatically lifted, not to mention also quite a bit more expressive of this site and the Santa Cruz Mountains more broadly. Deep and plush, as the wines from this site can be, but not at all heavy, Mindego Ridge's 2015 Pinot Noir is a total knock out. The saline-infused finish offers a compelling counter to the intense, pliant fruit. The whole clusters are very nicely integrated, even at this early stage. Quite simply, the 2015 Pinot is fabulous. Don't miss it.
NVWE Notes: Immediately attractive and clearly age-worthy, this bottling is a near-ideal representative of its distinctive mountain appellation. The nose is brightly youthful yet wonderfully suave and forthcoming, as scents of sweet red plum, strawberry preserves, red currant, dark red cherry, teaberry, orange peel tea, sumac berry, star anise, bay leaf, pine needles and sweet tobacco roll-out in picture-perfect harmony. There is an almost creamy suppleness on the palate, where the wine’s tannins are totally eclipsed by deliciously opulent flavors that precisely mirror the aromas. Certainly this is a wine capable of three to four more of positive evolution, yet the texture and finish are already so satisfying that most most bottles seem destined to be enjoyed years before full maturity is achieved. 303 cases produced.