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2017 Mount Eden Estate Pinot Noir

California

Regular price $56.95

2017 Estate Pinot Noir 95WA/93VM
Mount Eden
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA

$67.99
$56.95 US LOW

Barrel Regimen - French Burgundy 50% new; native ferments Bottling - August 2018, no fining or filtration
• 1/3 Whole Cluster Fermentaion
• Longest lineage of Pinot Noir in North America
• Good structure, acid, and tannin for aging
• Fermented in small open top, one ton capacity fermentors
• Ages on the lees
• No fining or filtration before bottling
• 7 acres of Pinot Noir farmed at Mount Eden; Mount Eden clone

The 2017 growing season was beautiful with ample rain in the winter and just-right temperatures in the spring and summer. The harvest commenced at the very end of August and concluded at the beginning of September, which is early when you look back at 40 years of harvest starts, but now it is the norm. There was 30% whole cluster fermentation in the 2017 vintage Estate Pinot Noir. These grapes are incorporated into the open-top fermentors along with the destemmed berries. The result is a wine with more energy and nuance and, with age, develops the magic of Pinot Noir’s complexity. The whole cluster additions add weight and intensity, which is the intention.

95 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate
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.

93 pts Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
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.
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