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 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!
The best way to bring our wines home is to order directly from us. This way you can get the vintages you want and you can benefit with a 15% discount on 6 bottles; 25% on a case (and you can mix your wine selection). We deliver locally at no charge (with a 3 bottle min. order). We also ship.
For a list of our wines, see the Wines page here. To order, see our Order page here. For even better discounts, see our Wine Club page here. See the Where to Purchase page here for a list of wine shops, wine bars and restaurants where you can enjoy our wines. Many of the wine bars sell bottles to go.
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2019 is another banner vintage! We picked 50 tons of juicy, delicious Pinot Noir over the course of five days from mid-September to mid-October for our own Muns Vineyard label as well as for other wineries that make wine from the Pinot we grow. This is close to last year’s record-breaking crop. This season was relatively long and cool, which allowed for a nice long hang time with no heat spells. The result is Pinot with well-developed flavors, and this year in particular – a lot of juice! Look forward to the 2019 vintage! In addition, we picked on September 5 for a sparkling wine producer – an early pick at low sugar levels and high acidity. The Syrah was very slow to ripen this year and we picked about 3 tons on Nov. 6.
Weather during bloom was near perfect. The clusters are full and tight and plentiful. We dropped clusters to help mitigate disease pressure and assure that all the fruit ripens. The vines are thriving and it looks like another excellent crop this year. With the late start to the growing season veraison was also later this year, starting mid-August (normally it starts late July). Summer temps have been ideal, in the low-mid ’80s during the day with a 30-40 degree diurnal swing at night. This temperature fluctuation helps to retain acid in the fruit and Pinot Noir especially benefits in this environment. Harvest also is later this year, as it was last year.
Because we had cold weather for so long into Spring budbreak (starting April 20) this year was more than a month later than we would ‘normally’ expect (early/mid-March). Then, we had another two weeks of cold and rain in mid-May that put growth on hold. When temps finally warmed up and the sunshine came out to stay the vines charged ahead and towards the end of the first week of June we started to see the first signs of bloom in the Pinot Noir, and by mid-month bloom started in the Syrah (Syrah is always a little later). Other than one drippy foggy day we had perfect conditions for a great set. With budbreak, bloom and set all a little later than usual, veraison also started later, early in August. Like last year we have another very good crop load with beautiful, full clusters (see the description below about the 2018 vintage and harvest).
We had about 70″ of rainfall this past winter season.
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The 2018 Harvest – An Exciting, Stellar Vintage
The 2018 vintage is going to be fantastic! It is without doubt the best crop load we’ve ever had (since 2003), and the fruit quality and flavors are excellent. We picked 50 tons of Pinot Noir over seven days between Sept. 17 and Oct. 15; and picked 5.5 tons of Syrah on Oct. 18. This is a lot to ask of the vineyard, but the vineyard is healthy and conditions couldn’t have been more ideal.
We had an excellent set in the Spring. Warm, but not too hot weather in August ripened the fruit. And then, starting the first of September we had cool weather that prolonged hang time and developed flavors. As a result, we are seeing rich, complex flavors at lower sugar levels. This is the latest we have harvested other than in 2010. That year we had cold weather and it rained several times before we picked the Pinot at the end of October and the Syrah early in November. That was a difficult year. By comparison, 2018 has been just about perfect.
The 2018 promises to be exciting!
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