Pinot Noir Estate Santa Cruz Mountains

2017
United States
California

From Mount Eden's website:

Martin Ray planted Pinot Noir at Mount Eden in 1945; the budwood came from Paul Masson’s original vineyard near Mount Eden. Because Masson was a good friend of the Louis Latour family of Burgundy, it is likely the selection came from one of Latour’s vineyards and was brought by Masson to California during the 1880s. The faith Ray demonstrated in this difficult red wine variety, at a time when America had little appreciation of fine wine, was remarkable. Today, Pinot Noir vines occupy seven acres of the estate vineyard and typically yield a meager one to one-and-a-half tons per acre.

Pinot Noir is the first variety harvested at Mount Eden, kicking off the vintage season. Using natural yeasts, fermentation is conducted in small open-top fermentors and extends ten to fourteen days, with the must punched down by hand. The new wine is immediately put into 75% new and 25% one-year-old French Burgundy barrels. It matures for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Nothing is added; nothing is taken away.

Also Available: 2016 1.5L 

 

95 points
"The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate offers savory, layred aromas of earth and laurel, charcuterie and orange peel, with amaro-laced red and black berries. The palate is grainy and fresh, with a kaleidoscope of spices and a very long finish. It's incredibly appealing now but will benefit from a long decant. 963 cases produced."
Erin Brooks,
Wine Advocate
, February 2021
93 points
"The 2017 Pinot Noir is a very pretty, open-knit wine. Crushed rose petal, sweet red berry, mint, cedar and sweet pipe tobacco give the 2017 striking aromatic presence. In 2017, the Mount Eden Pinot is a decidedly forward, silky wine that looks like it will offer its best drinking sooner rather than later. The 2017 was done with 33% whole clusters and saw 50% new barrels."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, February 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB0451-17
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir