Mignanelli Highlands Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
At the foothills of the Los Padres Mountains – abundant sunshine and cool afternoon breezes combined with the gravel laced sandy loam soils come together to create a classic expression of California Pinot Noir.
This bottling has quickly become a crowd favorite. The season started six weeks earlier than normal and harvest was 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule. Harvested on September 6th and September 12th – the fruit was well balanced and arrived at the winery in beautiful small Pinot Noir clusters.
Native Yeasts, 50% whole cluster, very little additions and barrel age with no racking until bottling. Aged ten (10) months in French Oak (20% new).
Our Highlands Ranch Vineyard is located in the world renowned Santa Lucia Highlands, also referred to as SLH; a sub-appellation that is part of the larger Monterey County, California AVA (American Viticultural Area). Sitting at the foothills of the Los Padres Mountains this cool weather location is home to the perfect terroir for Pinot Noir.
Wine Enthusiast – “There’s a lovely mix of smashed strawberry, underripe plum, eucalyptus leaf, wet asphalt and a hint of cannabis on the nose of this bottling. The herbal character is strong on the palate, with sagebrush and bay leaf flavors as well as slightly sour red plum.” (91 Pts)