• Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 3,5 Pinot Noir 2014 96

    Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 3,5 Pinot Noir 2014

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    96pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Made in a more generous, rounded and sexy style, the 2014 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard 3 5 offers layers of rose petal, spring flowers, framboise and spice in a medium-bodied, layered, already approachable package. Enjoy this downright fabulous Pinot over the coming 8-9 years. " ~ 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 3, 5 Pinot Noir 2014 - no easy feat. It is Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate's highest rated Santa Barbara Pinot Noir ever at 96 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: "Made in a more generous, rounded and sexy style, the 2014 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard 3 5 offers layers of rose petal, spring flowers, framboise and spice in a medium-bodied, layered, already approachable package. I’m not sure it will be as long lived as the straight Mt Carmel (although I’m not sure it won’t be either), but it certainly drinks better in its youth. Enjoy this downright fabulous Pinot over the coming 8-9 years (2016-2025).

    Focusing exclusively on the Mt Carmel Vineyard located in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the wines from Mail Road Wines are made by winemaker Matt Dees. As with all of Matt's wines, they lean towards the more structured, fresh and lively end of the spectrum and will benefit from short term cellaring." Aug 2016

    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 48% new French oak, 52% neutral French oak
    Region Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California