2013 Mignanelli KW Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., pH 3.60, TA 0.59, 135 cases, $32. This 6-acre vineyard is the home ranch of Kirk Williams, a Santa Lucia Highlands farmer who owns or manages 150 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. The vineyard sits between Rosella’s and Garys’ vineyard but lower in elevation and in closer proximity to the old Salinas River. The gravelly loam soils consist of decomposed granite and significant amounts of quartz. Harvest Brix 23.3º. 50% whole cluster. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is filled with delightful cherry and spice perfume. Well-composed, with the mid weight essence of black cherry and blackberry fruits working in harmony with a light touch of oak. Whole cluster adds a spice and floral accent that I find very appealing. The wine is well structured with ripe fruit tannins and finishes with a generous fruit presence. Score: 91. Reviewed November 5, 2015

Winery: Mignanelli Winery
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