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2018 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

2018 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

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A generous mix of plum and cherry fruits with sage, damp earth, and violets. This juicy, Pinot has plenty of upfront appeal and will drink well over the next ten years. 

Please click the attached Tech Card below to access the video of Winegrower, Nathan Kandler, speaking about the wine.

Mindego Ridge Vineyard, owned and farmed by David and Stacey Gollnick, is located at the western end of Alpine Road. near the town of La Honda. It is a perfectly exposed south facing hillside in a very cool spot. The clay loam over shale soils produces wines of great intensity.
Winemaker Notes
2018 was another dry but not particularly warm winter; this changed in early February. A high-pressure system brought daytime temperatures into the 70’s, warming the soil and initiating bud break at some vineyard sites. In March, a cold front settled in and brought nighttime temperatures down to freezing, risking frost damage to the new shoot growth. These ‘false’ springs have become much more common in recent years. Summer was mild, leading to a marginally later harvest. The concentrated wines are poised and complex with depth and structure.
Technical Data
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
Vineyard Designation
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Other Notes
The 2018 Pinot Noir Mindego Ridge Vineyard is one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Fogarty. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2018 possesses remarkable depth and tons of sheer intensity. Black cherry, lavender, spice, rose petal and dried herbs infuse the profound 2018. This statuesque, layered Pinot is pure magic. - 96 points. Antonio Galloni, Vinous