Montsecano Pinot Noir

2016

100% Pinot Noir, farmed biodynamically, from a single vineyard. The vines are 15 years old, and grow in granitic soils at just over 1,000 feet elevation. Aged and fermented completely in concrete egg.

Dark ripe cherry and black fruits jump out of the glass with underlying raspberry fruit notes. A condensed and dark spiraling mid-palate shows layers of minerality and complexity, with hints of wet crushed rock(granite), sage, clove and blueberry . Rich full fruit, mineral driven, with a long, generous, smooth finish.

94+ points
"One of the best vintages of the grand vin here has to be the eponymous 2016 Montsecano, produced 100% with Pinot Noir from the zone of Las Dichas in Casablanca. The vines were planted in 2006 on red clay and granite soils and, as all the wines here, sees no oak whatsoever; it fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and was kept in egg-shaped cement vats until bottling in February 2017. This is simply delicious. This is not a Burgundy Pinot Noir, there is always a touch of rusticity here, an earthy touch. This is a pure Pinot Noir; it slowly opens up in the glass to an intoxicating mixture of wild flowers and herbs, with that rustic touch. The palate has very fine-grained tannins, tasty and long. I think this captures the intensity of the people that work here. 8,000 bottles produced."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, April 2017

SKU/Code: 
DB9024-16
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic
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