Mindego Ridge Vineyard

Owner(s) David Gollnick, Stacey Gollnick
Web site www.mindegoridge.com
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A 10-acre family owned vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Small amounts of artisan Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced under the direction of winemaker Ehren Jordan.

The vineyard is located at 675 to 935 feet with south facing slope exposure. Soil is fractured shale subsoil covered with 18" to 24" of silty clay loam.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Mindego Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

13.7% alc., pH 3.37, TA 0.79, 343 cases, $48. Dijon 17, 76 and 96. Harvest Brix 22.7º. Whole cluster pressed directly to French oak barrels, 15% new and 75% neutral along with 10% into stainless steel. Fermented with indigenous yeast followed by native malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months on the lees. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Lovely aromas of slate, lemon curd, apple core and buttery brioche lead to a polished palate featuring flavors of citrus, baked apple, and pear lifted with pinpoint acidity. Slightly creamy in texture with a juicy finish. Score: 92. Reviewed April 19, 2017 ARTICLE »

2014 Mindego Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.32, TA 0.73, 805 cases, $48. Estate grown. Second vintage from a family owned and farmed 10-acre vineyard planted to 8.7 acres of Pinot Noir and 1.3 acres of Chardonnay at 700 to 950 feet elevation adjacent redwoods. Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, “828,” and 943. Harvest Brix 23.3º. 20% whole cluster, native fermentation, daily punch downs. After 2 weeks on skins, the wine is gently basket pressed to French oak barrels, 25% new and 75% neutral. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark purple color in the glass. Shy aromas initially of blackberry jam, cigar box, vanilla and spice, arriving with more exuberance when sampled from a previously opened bottle the following day. Impressive harmony in a middleweight styled wine with vivacious flavors of blueberry and blackberry brought to life with spry acidity, and an appealingly sensuous mouthfeel. There is a pervasive earthiness that gives the wine character as does the oak that plies the background in a good way. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2017 ARTICLE »

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