Mail Road Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 3,5 Pinot Noir 2013

Original Price $108.00
Current Price $99.97

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95pts 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 2013 - no easy feat. 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:  "Fleshing out beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard 3 5 offers lots of minerality and saltiness to go with darker-based fruits, crushed violets and cassis. Slightly reserved aromatically, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a supple, expansive texture and a big finish. Fermented with a tiny 5% whole-cluster and aged 11 months in 48% new French oak, it's an incredible Pinot Noir that has no problem standing beside the more expensive Mt Carmel bottling. Drink it anytime over the coming decade (2015-2025).

These 2012s from winemaker Matt Dees appear to be on par with the sensational 2012s. Focusing exclusively on the Mt Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, these 2013s were all harvested September 6-25. The Chardonnay sees partial malolactic fermentation and aging in 40% new French oak. The Pinot Noirs are mostly destemmed and aging occurs in 30-50% new French oak. While these lean toward the leaner end of the spectrum, I think they have brilliant fruit intensity and length." Aug 2015 AGV: Red cherry, spice, new leather and licorice meld together in Mail Road's Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard Blocks 3,5. Dark, supple and beautifully textured in the glass, the 3,5 is also quite a bit bigger and riper than the straight Mt. Carmel Pinot, with a decidedly intense finish.

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.

750, cork                                                                   
Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
Total Acidity 5.7g/L
pH 3.33
Aging 48% new French oak, 52% neutral French oak
Region Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
Original Price $108.00
Current Price $99.97

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