Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir & Syrah From Our Vineyard In The Sky
Muns Vineyard brushes the sky on a ridge above Monterey Bay at 2600 feet. This is the highest Pinot Noir vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a prime growing region for this luscious winegrape. We enjoy the coastal climate of the mountains, with fog lapping at our feet in the summer. The cool coastal breeze that blows off the fog and sunlight are perfect for growing premium Pinot Noir. Moderate days and cool nights, along with diligent personal attention in our 13-acre owner-operated vineyard, produces fruit with rich and complex flavors. We have blended Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 to provide a fruit-forward, complex and well-balanced wine.
Minimal intervention in the winery allows our unique terroir to shine. Barrel aging in 30% new oak for about 16 months adds soft tannins that accentuate, but not dominate, the beautiful fruit in this special wine. The wine drinks well now and is a delicious complement with food, and will bottle-age for years to come. Enjoy ‘heaven-in-a-bottle’ from our ridge top vineyard above the bay!
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What’s Happening in the Vineyard: Winter
We harvested our Pinot Noir and Syrah over 5 days spanning an entire month (Aug. 23, Sept. 6, 10, 16 and 29). Harvest dates depend on the level of ripeness our winery clients want, and on differences in the vineyard. The fruit ripens faster or slower depending on the clone, and even in the same row, especially on the hills. Cool temps during most of veraison and the chilly nights extended hangtime for more flavor development in the grapes.
The yield this year is good – not what it was in the stellar years of 2012-2014, but a lot better than 2015 when vineyards throughout the state lost crop due to poor weather during bloom in the springtime. The 2016 vintage is beautiful! Big, juicy fruit full of flavor. This is a vintage to look forward to!
Now we are in the winter months and the vines are going dormant. Autumn was beautiful, with the vines turning golden and orange and red. But now all the leaves are gone, cold weather has set in and the winter rains have started. As of early December we have had 14″ of rain so far. We feed the vines a good dose of nutrients after harvest to help them recover and store energy for the following Spring’s growth; and the winter dormancy gives them some rest so they can regenerate and produce fantastic winegrapes again next year.
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