2013 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum


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100% estate grown Pinot Noir from our 8.7 acre home vineyard, 8 miles from the Pacific in the Santa Cruz Mountains. To preserve the beauty and nuance of this ocean-influenced, cool climate mountain vineyard, our Pinot Noir is made in small lots by non-interventionist methods – hand sorting, native yeast fermentation, hand punch downs. Aged for 11 months in ¼ new, ¾ neutral French oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. Youthful, assertive aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and tart plum carry through to the palate. A wine with pristine flavors, balance and definition. Beautiful drinkability now, with exciting cellaring potential. 13.6% Alcohol. 805 cases produced. [More Info]

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2013 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

In the Vineyard

While blessed with a great vintage in 2013, tonnage was still modest in our second harvest, as about 1/3 of the vines still remain at one cane, one spur. Bud break was protected from frost by early April cloud cover, followed by a propitious growing season. At 3AM on September 7th, under the glow of headlamps, our Pinot Noir harvest commenced. Fruit was picked straight to refrigerated transport and immediately whisked to St. Helena for processing.

In the Cellar

To preserve the character of both the vineyard and vintage, our Pinot Noir is made in small lots by non-interventionist, artisanal methods. Gentle de-stemming and no SO2 on the crushpad, whole berries are cold-soaked until native fermentation begins, then given daily punchdowns. After approximately two weeks on skins, wine is gently basket-pressed to 1/4 new, 3/4 neutral French oak. Wine completed native ML fermentation on February 5th. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

In the Glass (Tasting Notes at Release)

On the nose, this aromatically intense wine shows pomegranate, heliotrope and exotic notes of hibiscus and pink peppercorn. Vibrant acidity and well-integrated tannins give the red-berried palate great charm and minerality, with deep herbal, black tea notes that show focus and beautiful drinkability now, with the structure to cellar for years to come.

Technical Notes

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Acreage: 8.7 Pinot Noir
Exposure & Slope: South facing mountain slopes, 20-25%
Soil Type: 18-24” of silty clay loam over fractured shale subsoil
Marine Influence: 9 miles from the Pacific, adjacent to redwoods
Elevation: 700’ to 950’
Clone Selection: Dijon (114, 115, 667, 777, 828, 943)
Rootstock Selection: 420A and 3309
Vine Spacing: 7’ x 4’ (1600 vines/acre)
Yield: 1.3 tons per acre
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 25% new
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Finished Alcohol: 13.4%
Harvest: September 7-18, 2013
Chemistry @ Harvest:

  • 23.6 Brix
  • 3.20 pH
  • 7.3 g/L titratable acidity

Bottled: August 12, 2014