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Wines from the Mount Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County. Mount Carmel Vineyard is the exclusive purveyor to Mail Road Wines.
Mount Carmel Vineyard is located on a steep, south-facing cliff, north of the Santa Ynez River. Established in 1990 by Ron and Nancy Piazza, the vineyard is planted to a variety of own-rooted, organically and principally dry farmed, heritage Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones. The vineyard is at 800 to 1000 feet elevation, with botella clay, limestone, diatomaceous earth, calcerous deposits and sandy loam soils.
The wines are sold exclusively through a mailing list.
2012 Mail Road Wines Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 2, 3, 5 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., $90. A project of Ronald Piazza and Michael Palmer who own Mt. Carmel Vineyard. Winemaker is Matt Dees with Ruben Solorzano managing the vineyard that was originally developed by Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. Mail Road Wines produces wines exclusively from Mt. Carmel Vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, aged 11 months in 42% new French oak barrels. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. This is a boldly extracted and hedonistic wine, almost akin to a fortified wine, featuring aromas of blackberry, cassis, raisin, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, and richly extracted flavors of boysenberry, black raspberry and blackberry fruits. The tannins keep the sheer power in check and the silky texture invites indulgence. A peek of alcoholic warmth shows up on the finish. The wine is not my favorite stylistically, but has merit. Score: 92. Reviewed June 18, 2016 ARTICLE »