Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir
15 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
170 cases 750ml
15 cases 1.5L
Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
15 months in French oak barrels, 33% new
148 cases 750ml
The 2014 Mansfield-Dunne Peterson Vineyard and Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noirs represent our fifth release. All of the grapes for both wines are estate grown from our family owned property. Over 10 years in the making, we are very pleased to bring to fruition another limited production bottling.
The harvest in 2014 was fast and furious. The word in SLH was that the 2014 was very good to excellent in quality. The dry, warm winter and spring conditions pushed everything forward a bit, but in the end the overall quality of the fruit was superb. Happily, the late summer and early fall were gentle, without many heat spikes, and the winds and fog off nearby Monterey Bay slowed down ripening and allowed for gradual flavor development growers strive for.
Handcrafted by renowned winemaker Ed Kurtzman, the 2014 Peterson Vineyard pinot noir contains a mix of all 5 clones planted in the vineyard (828, Pommard (05), 667, 777, and 115) and was aged in French oak (50% new) for 15 months before bottling. The nose is a combination of clove, toast, wood strawberries, cinnamon, and wild mushrooms. With a palate weight similar to the 2012 Peterson, this 2014 delivers a dense core of ripe and spicy fruit that is framed by moderate acidity and firm tannin. There’s a nice flavor of French oak on the long finish. Give this wine until late 2016 to start to open up and enjoy this through at least 2022.
Also crafted by Ed Kurtzman, the 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands pinot noir contains a mix of 4 of the 5 clones planted in the vineyard (Pommard (05), 667, 777, and 115) and was also aged in French oak (33% new) for 15 months before bottling. Medium ruby color, nose of forest floor, plums and Asian spices. Youthful, grapey nose, with notes of vanilla, macerated bing cherries, and baking spices. The palate is full-bodied and the ripe, berry fruit has a mouth filling texture. There’s a medium dose of acidity that carries through the soft but long finish. This is very approachable at a young age, and should drink well through at least 2020.
Due to much lower than normal yields in the vineyard in 2014 we were able to produce only 185 cases of the 2014 Peterson Vineyard pinot and 148 cases of the 2014 Santa Lucia Highlands pinot, less than half of our 2013 production. Consequently, the overall amount we are able to offer to allocation list members for this vintage is smaller than for 2012 and 2013.
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