• Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 2, 3, 5 Pinot Noir 2012 95

    Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 2, 3, 5 Pinot Noir 2012

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    95pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "The 2012 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard 2 3 5 is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. ...it has awesome purity and vibrancy, with classy blackberry, raspberry, rose petal and assorted spring flower-like aromas and flavors." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    Matt Dees of critically acclaimed Screaming Eagle and Jonata and Michael Palmer, wine entrepreneur have a new project: Mail Road Wines. The wines are small production, very highly allocated, and as you can imagine, outstanding. We managed to get our hands on some of the Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Block 2, 3, 5 Pinot Noir 2012 - no easy feat. At the time, it was named Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate's highest rated Santa Barbara Pinot Noir ever at 95 points. It's ready to drink now, or you can hang onto it for several more years. What more do you really need to know winelovers??

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate:  "Leading off the reds, the 2012 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard 2 3 5 is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. Completely destemmed and aged 11 months in 42% new French oak, it has awesome purity and vibrancy, with classy blackberry, raspberry, rose petal and assorted spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Give this beauty another year in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2022.

    Another Matt Dees project, with Ruben Solorzano managing the vineyard, Mail Road Wines is focused exclusively on the Mount Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, and they have long-term contracts on 3-4 different blocks. These beauties will knock your socks off and they were easily some of the top wines I was able to taste for this report! The 2013s, which were all tasted out of barrel, should be close in quality to the 2012s. " Aug 2014

    Santa Rita Hills: Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

    Bottle
    750, cork                                                                   
    Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
    Alcohol 
    ~14.2%
    Aging 11 months in 42% new French oak, 58% neutral French oak
    Region Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California