Antonio Galloni Review of 2017 Mindego Ridge Wines

Published June, 2019 by Vinous Media:

2017 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 93 points

“The 2017 Pinot Noir is striking. Succulent dark cherry, plum, sage, menthol and rose petal are some of the many notes that open up in the glass. The 2017 is beautifully lifted, yet deep, with veins of supporting acidity and structure that carry through to the finish, where chalk, white pepper, and blood orange top notes add brightness. A good bit of stems (40%) add aromatic breadth and complexity without overpowering the wine.” – A. Galloni

2017 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
Score: 93 points

“Mindego Ridge’s 2017 Chardonnay is bold, luscious and super-expressive. Ample and giving on the palate, the 2017 is especially broad in 2017. This is an especially rich style, but it works well. The 2017 is richer and lusher than is often the case, with fewer of the phenolic and structural elements that have been such signatures in recent years. I imagine much of that is attributable to the heat. Even so, all the elements fall into place nicely. Lemon confit, tangerine peel and tropical notes all build in a Chardonnay of real distinction.” – A. Galloni

2017 Mindego Ridge Block Reserve Pinot Noir
Score: 96 points

“A new wine in this range, the 2017 Pinot Noir Block Reserve is truly exceptional. It emerges from a single parcel planted with 943 Clone Pinot. Rich, powerful and boisterous, the 2017 possesses tremendous textural resonance and flavor richness. The 50% whole clusters add striking layers of aromatic nuance to a core of inky blue/purplish dark fruit. In a word: magnificent!
” – A. Galloni

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Review of 2016 Mindego Ridge Wines

Published May 2018 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:

2016 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 94 points

“A lovely wine, the 2016 Pinot Noir from Mindego Ridge reveals a pure bouquet of black raspberries, plums, cherries and dried owers. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, layered and supple, with an ample core of fruit, velvety tannins and a avorful nish. This will be a delight to follow for the better part of a decade.” – William Kelley

2016 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
Score: 93 points

“The 2016 Chardonnay from Mindego Ridge is excellent, oering up aromas of pear, apple, white peach and pastry cream. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, elegantly textural and youthfully tight-knit, with bright acids and a chalky nish. Cellar it for 1-2 years and then enjoy it for the next 6 or 7.” – William Kelley

Antonio Galloni Review of 2015 Mindego Ridge Wines

Published August, 2017 by Vinous Media:

2015 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir
Score: 94 points

“The 2015 Pinot Noir is fabulous. The decision to use 50% whole clusters, almost by necessity in 2015, resulted in a Pinot that is both rich in fruit and also aromatically lifted, not to mention also quite a bit more expressive of this site and the Santa Cruz Mountains more broadly. Deep and plush, as the wines from this site can be, but not at all heavy, Mindego Ridge’s 2015 Pinot Noir is a total knock out. The saline-influenced finish offers a compelling counter to the intense, pliant fruit. The whole clusters are very nicely integrated, even at this early stage. Quite simply, the 2015 Pinot is fabulous. Don’t miss it.” – A. Galloni

2015 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
Score: 93 points

“Mindego Ridge’s 2015 Chardonnay is especially rich and opulent in this vintage. Apricot, peach, brioche, orange confit, tropical fruit and butter are all pushed forward. Exotic, bold and racy to the core, the Chardonnay has a lot to say. Readers should expect an extroverted, almost viscous style.” – A. Galloni

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

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