Santa Cruz Mountains
2016 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mindego Ridge Pinot Noir is intense and dark fruited. The acidity and ample tannin make this one of the more impactful wines we make.
Mindego Ridge Vineyard is located at the western end of Alpine Rd. near the town of La Honda. It is a perfectly exposed south facing hillside in a very cool spot. Planted in 2009, the nine acres of Pinot Noir here are lovingly farmed by Dave and Stacey Gollnick. The clay loam over shale soils produce wines of great intensity. This is one of the more exciting new plantings in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The 2016 Vintage was another drought year, with early bud-break, bloom and veraison. Poor weather during the early bloom caused shatter and millerandage. Vine stress became an issue late in the year with many of our dry farmed vines showing water and nutrient stress for the first time. The resulting wines are bright and energetic with mid-weight personalities. They are profoundly aromatic and balanced wines that are site expressive and pure.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Mindego Ridge Vineyard is exceptional, offering up a generous bouquet of cherries, plums, wood smoke and dried flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, layered and succulent, with an ample core of fruit, youthfully chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. This is one of the more generous wines in the Fogarty range, and its expressive personality makes it easy to love.
Food Pairing Notes
94 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate