2014 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir Magnum


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100% estate grown, single vineyard 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. [More Info]

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2014 Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir, Santa Cruz Mountains

In the Vineyard

2014’s mild winter and warmer spring led to bud break in early March. In our mountain microclimate, May is our flowering month and developmentally most critical. Warmer than normal temps during May helped coax an exceptional fruit set, our best yet. Moderate temperatures, with only minimal late season rain, allowed for even ripening and optimum fruit maturity. At 3AM on August 15th, under the glow of LED 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 with minimal intervention in the cellar. Gentle de-stemming, with the addition of 20% whole cluster 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 January 22nd. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

In the Glass (Tasting Notes at Release)

Very youthful, assertive dark cherry, raspberry and tart plum aromas are complemented by notes of potpourri, anise, tar, smoke and black pepper, along with balanced oak and alcohol. Beautifully structured on the palate, this wine is medium bodied with bright, pristine flavors that mirror the nose augmented by hints of dark earth. The medium to medium plus acidity and long finish of this wine confirm its exciting cellaring potential.


95 points – Antonio Galloni (Read the Review)

Technical Notes

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Acreage: 8.7 acres Pinot Noir, 100% Estate Grown
Exposure & Slope: South facing mountain slopes, 20-25%
Soil Type: 10-18” 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: 3 tons per acre
Harvest: August 15 – September 5, 2014
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 25% new
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Finished Alcohol: 13.6%
Chemistry @ Harvest:

  • 23.3 Brix
  • 3.32 pH
  • 7.3 g/L titratable acidity

Bottled: August 14, 2015