2012 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir magnum
Handcrafted by renowned winemaker Ed Kurtzman, the Mansfield-Dunne 2012 Peterson Vineyard pinot noir contains a mix of all 5 clones planted in the vineyard (828, Pommard (05), 667, 777, and 115). The magnums were aged in French oak (50% new) for 19 months before bottling. Medium ruby color, shy nose at first that opens up with air to reveal some cool climate nuances of the Santa Lucia Highlands: blackberries, grilled meats, cedar and toasty oak. The mouth feel starts off gently then expands into a combination of ripe plums and fresh wood strawberries. There is plenty of acidity on the palate that lasts well into a finish which is framed nicely with French oak. The magnums should start drinking well by the middle of 2015 and last through at least 2023.