2014 Mignanelli Nelson Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.4% alc., $36. Vineyard planted in 1999 at 1700 feet elevation in sandstone rock and marine sedimentary soils. Clones 115 and “828.” Native fermentation, 75% whole cluster, aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose enthralls with aromas of black cherry, dark berry and spice. Noticeable attack and mid palate presence of mid weight plus boysenberry and plum fruits that saturate the taste senses. The density of fruit is evident and the high percentage of whole cluster really compliments this wine creating textural fullness and interest as well as subtle floral and spice notes. The tannins are quite modest and the wine has open arms even at this young age. Score: 92. Reviewed January 16, 2017

Winery: Mignanelli Winery
From article: Recently Tasted Pinot Noir & Chardonnay