2013 Mignanelli Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

12.8% alc., pH 3.45, TA 0.61, 140 cases, $36. The grapes were sourced from the dry farmed Nelson Family Vineyard, occupying 9 acres at 1700 feet elevation. Sparse topsoil with marine sediment below. Harvest Brix 21.1º (clone 115) and 22.3º (clone “828”). The two clones were fermented and aged separately, and combined after 11 months in barrel. 75% whole cluster. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly to reveal very appealing aromas of dark red cherry and raspberry with notes of exotic spice and wilted rose petal. Lighter in weight, but flavorful, featuring a core of red cherry, Damsel plum, raspberry and cranberry fruits accented nicely with whole cluster spice. This rather delicate wine has balanced tannins and bright acidity with oak playing a seasoning role in the background. The finish is a bit short, but otherwise the wine is solid and will particularly attract whole cluster fans. Score: 89. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Mignanelli Winery
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