VOLUME 9, ISSUE 47
September 14, 2014
Steve McIntyre has three decades of experience in sustainable winegrowing in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The McIntyre Estate Vineyard is located in the central section of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Originally planted by the McFarland family in 1973, it contains some of the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Steve McIntyre acquired the 80-acre property in 1987.
37 acres are own-rooted Pinot Noir heritage clone, oldest in the Santa Lucia Highlands. 10 acres of Pinot Noir 115 and 77 and 13 acres of Chardonnay 96 and 76.
Some of the Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes are set aside for the McIntrye Vineyards label and some is sold to producers such as Morgan, De Tierra, Joullian and La Rochelle. The first vintage for McIntyre wines debuted with the 2005 vintage.
Other vineyards sourced for the McIntyre Vineyards label include Mission Ranch Vineyard (Arroyo Seco) and Kimberly Vineyard (Arroyo Seco).
Steve and his wife Kimberly started Monterey Pacific, Inc., a viticulture management and development company which has grown to be the fifth largest vineyard management company in the U.S. at over 10,000 acres. Steve was one of the initial founding members of the Central Coast Vineyard Team's Sustainability in Practice (SIP) program.
The winemaker is Byron Kosuge. The wines (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sparkling) are sold through the winery's website store.
Articles About McIntyre Vineyards
2012 California Pinot Noir All-Americans Honorable Mention (9.17 12/26/2012)
Affairs of the Vine Pinot Summit Results (8.35 4/11/2011)
Along the Pinot Trail in California: Part I - Central Coast (9.8 6/24/2012)
California Chardonnay (9.8 6/24/2012)
McIntyre Vineyards Celebrates 25th Anniversary (9.37 2/4/2014)
Pinot Shootout Finals Tasting (8.30 1/27/2011)
Sips of California Pinot Noir (9.18 1/19/2013)
2012 McIntyre Vineyards Estate 25th Anniversary Edition Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
14.4% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.58, 792 cases, $28. Released December 2013. From a block of clone 76 planted in 2000. VSP trellis with cluster thinning. Harvest Brix 25.0º Brix. Whole cluster pressed, 20% whole cluster, fermented in new Siruge French oak barrels and aged in 33% new French oak barrels for 10 months. 100% MLF. · Moderate straw color in the glass. Lovely aromas of lemon, tropical fruits, floral display and a hint of buttered popcorn. A Caliesque style of Chardonnay with plenty of showy fruit flavor including lemon, pear and pineapple. Seductively creamy on the palate with bright underlying acidity and a silky finish. I couldn’t help returning to the glass to take another sip. A complete charmer at a very attractive price. Score: 94. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 McIntyre Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.58, 604 cases, $32. Released December 2013. A blend of two vineyards and three different clones: 943 and Swan from Escolle Vineyard and 777 from the McIntyre Estate Vineyard. Harvest Brix 25.0º. Aged 10 months in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Bright aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and spice. Mid to full-bodied core of ripe boysenberry fruit with hints of cassis and licorice. Nicely integrated oak and balanced tannins make for easy drinking now. Well-crafted and flavorful. Score: 90. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 McIntyre Vineyards Estate 25th Anniversary Edition Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.6% alc., pH 3.76, TA 0.60, 340 cases, $36. Released December 2013. Harvest Brix 25.0º. Dijon 115 and a “heritage” clone from a 40-year-old own-rooted planting of Pinot Noir. Indigenous yeast and malolactic fermentations. Aged in 33% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. The aromas have not arrived in this wine, but the delicious flavors are striking. An array of layered fruits meet the mid palate with ripe black raspberry, black currant, plum and dark chocolate notes. Full-bodied with firm but complimentary tannins. Impressive intensity with finishing power and persistence. An age worthy wine that needs time for the aromas to arrive and the tannins to integrate. More appealing the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle sporting inviting aromas of dark berries, black cherry and spice. Decant if you must drink now. A handsome and pedigreed example of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. Score: 94. Reviewed February 4, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
14.79% alc., pH 3.51, 517 cases, $28. Dijon clone 76. Vinified at Copain Winery in Santa Rosa by Byron Kosuge. Whole cluster pressed. Fermented in new Siruge French oak barrels. Aged 8 months. 100% MLF. · Golden straw color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon curd, baked pear and banana pudding. Tasty core of pear, lemon-lime citrus, toffee and a hint of banana framed by bright acidity producing a juicy wine with a crisp finish. Good (+). Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., pH 3.63, TA 0.62, 241 cases, $36. From the SIP Certified McIntyre Vineyard. Dijon clone 777 and 115. Indigenous yeast fermentation and indigenous bacteria malolactic fermentation. · Deep, dark purple color in the glass. Very fragrant with intense aromas of blackberry jam, black plum sauce, black currants, spice and darkly colored rose petals. Just gorgeous. Delicious earth bound flavors of black plum, blackberry and black currant with a very subtle citrus note on the finish. Full-bodied, but not heavy or jammy. Very soft and ephemeral in the mouth with gossamer tannins and impeccable balance. This wine really speaks of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2011 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Block K-1 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
14.43% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.69, 100 cases, $38. Whole cluster pressed, fermented in new Siruge French oak barrels and aged 8 months where it underwent full MLF. · Golden straw color and clear in the glass. Shy, but clean aromas of wet stones, peach, butter and acacia. A little more body and intensity than the regular Estate bottling with pleasing flavors of lemon, white peach, brioche, toffee and vanilla, offering a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and finishing dry and smooth. A Chardonnay that could benefit from a little more time in the bottle but hard to resist now. Very good. Reviewed January 19, 2013 ARTICLE »
2010 McIntyre Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
14.3% alc., pH 3.40, TA 0.69, 290 cases, $28. Released winter 2010. Winemakers Steve McIntyre and Byron Kosuge. From the Home Estate, the oldest Chardonnay plantings in the Santa Lucia Highlands. 100% MLF, aged 8 months in barrel. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Very muted nose, offering demure aromas of baked apple, citrus peel, peach and fresh brioche. More expressive on the palate, with flavors of baked pears, honey, lemon and toffee. Light and reserved in style with zippy acidity. Decent. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Block K-1 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay
14.4% alc., pH 3.43, TA 0.69, 100 cases, $38. Released winter 2010. From the oldest Chardonnay plantings in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Dijon clones 96 and 76. Native yeast fermentation. Aged 8 months in new Siruge French oak barrels, 100% MLF, Winemaker is Byron Kosuge. · Light straw color and clear in the glass. Reserved aromas of lemon curd, white peach and marzipan. Tasty, with modest flavors of lemon, toast and roasted nuts, finishing with reasonable intensity and offering refreshing acidity. A little more body and interest than the Estate bottling. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.61, TA 0.63, 240 cases, $38. Predominantly Dijon clone 777. Indigenous yeast fermentations. Crafted by Byron Kosuge. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Opulent aromas of black cherries, black raspberries, cardamom spice and toasty oak. Pumps out the fragrance consistently over time in the glass. Very tasty core of dark cherry and dark berry fruits with a subtle hint of oak toast and vanillin in the background. Smooth and luxurious on the palate with soft, restrained tannins and some persistence on the finish. Very drinkable now, but the balance predicts a long life ahead. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2010 McIntyre Vineyards East Block 3 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.53, TA 0.65, 100 cases, $46. Released spring 2011. Sourced from select lots of the 60-acre estate sustainably farmed home estate vineyard. Native yeast fermentation. Owner and grower Steve McIntyre. Winemaker Byron Kosuge. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Alluring aromas of dark berries, plum pudding and subtle oak. Delicious middleweight flavors of black raspberry, blackberry and black plum wrapped in soft tannins, finishing with remarkable fruit presence on the lengthy finish. Impeccable balance. Can age but drinkable now. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 McIntyre Vineyards Estate Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
390 cases, $36. · Deep perfume of plum reduction sauce, wild berries and a hint of oak. Delicious and plush dark red stone fruits and berries with a substantial tannic backbone and a dry finish that clings to the palate. Reviewed January 27, 2011 ARTICLE »
2008 McIntyre Vineyards Mission Ranch Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.64,$36. Released spring 2011. Clone 667 from Mission Ranch Vineyard. Vinified by Byron Kosuge. · Dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Perfume of dark red cherries, berry glaze, leaf and oak. This wine offers only a glimpse of its future potential. A little rustic and closed down now, but showing sparks of flavorful purple and black fruits caressed by supple tannins. Better and better over time in the glass. The velvety texture is very pinotesque. Cellar or decant if you must open now. Very good. Reviewed June 24, 2012 ARTICLE »
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