Press

Reviews

Antonio Galloni Review of 2014 Mindego Ridge Wines, published July 2016 by Vinous Media:

“I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted from Mindego Ridge this year. In his second vintage, winemaker Ehren Jordan seems to have gotten an even better feel for this site. The 2014s are big, ample wines full of personality. Proprietors David and Stacy Gollnick have made quite an impression in a very short time. – A. Galloni

2014 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 95 points
“As good as the Chardonnay is in 2014, the Pinot Noir is even better. Rich, dramatic and full-bodied, yet with remarkable translucence, the 2014 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. Violet, lavender, mint, dark spice and leather come together in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is hard to describe. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate.” – A. Galloni

2014 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
Score: 94 points
“The 2014 Chardonnay is one of the most distinctive wines being made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Graphite, smoke, peach, mint and honey give the 2014 much of its exotic flair. Dramatic in both its flavors and phenolic intensity, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics are slightly reductive, so I would give the 2014 a good bit of air. There is no question the 2014 is a stunning wine, although it shows the most extroverted, flamboyant side of what is possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains.” – A. Galloni

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate review of 2013 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir, published November 2015:

2013 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 93 points

“The 2013 Pinot Noir is beautiful and shows classic raspberry, black cherry, toasted spice, underbrush and sappy flower-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, taut, elegant, and balanced with solid acidity as well as texture, it finishes with terrific clarity and length. This distinctive, classy Pinot Noir needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will drink nicely through 2025.

This was a fabulous set of wines from the Gollnick family; they produce a single Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their 8.7 acre Mindego Ridge Vineyard. The Pinot Noir is mostly destemmed and aging occurs in just 25% new French oak. It’s bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is a new estate (and vineyard) that readers need to keep on their radar.” – Jeb Dunnuck

Antonio Galloni Review of 2013 Mindego Ridge wines, published July 31, 2015 by Vinous Media:

2013 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 92 points
“The 2013 Pinot Noir is juicy, forward and much more open-knit than most Santa Cruz Mountains Pinots, with the fruit very much front and center. Silky, polished tannins wrap around an expressive core of sweet raspberry, kirsch, spices and flowers. The 2013 stands out for its striking aromatics, racy personality and terrific overall balance. Winemaker Ehren Jordan gave the 2013 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% new.” – A. Galloni

2013 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
Score: 93 points
“The 2013 Chardonnay offers a super-intriguing interplay of the vivid, crystalline purity that is such a signature of the appellation, along with soft contours that give the wine much of its welcoming personality. Scents of dried pear, apricot, flowers, mint and white pepper add to the wine’s considerable appeal. This is a wine with tons of potential, especially as the vines get older. The 2013 was in 85% French oak (15% new) and 15% stainless steel.” – A. Galloni

Full article, ‘Santa Cruz Mountains: Scaling the Heights’ (Jul 2015) by Antonio Galloni, available at VinousMedia.com (requires subscription).