High Elevation 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!
See more below about the Muns Vineyard Shelter-in-Place Special, Vineside Pickup & Free Local Delivery
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We started harvest the week of Sept. 7, picking for some of our winery clients, and harvest will continue through the end of the month.
Weather conditions have been ideal and benchmarks in the vineyard have progressed rapidly this year, although bloom was very late, starting the first week of June. Set came on quickly with the longer, warmer Spring days by then, and the berries have been developing right along. The first signs of veraison started to show the last couple of weeks of July We have another great crop for the 2020 vintage – our 18th harvest!
More about this vintage: Bloom started in the Pinot Noir at the end of the first week in June, and with the ideal weather conditions took off in earnest. Interestingly, although budbreak this year late April was a couple of weeks later than last year the vines have more than caught up – and bloom this year is a week earlier than last! 2019 was cold and wet through Spring, with 70″ of rainfall for the winter and bloom was a week later than the previous year (which was also later than usual). This year, by the time we entered budbreak the weather had warmed up and the days had gotten longer and the vines have been thriving. We have had a few warm days but by and large temps have been moderately cool and the nights have been chilly.
We had a couple of rainy days the first of June and fortunately, bloom started after that rain. This is a critical time, when too much wind or rain or cold weather can inhibit fertilization this year and reduce crop load; and also diminishes bud differentiation for the following year (and reduces crop). So far the weather has been beautiful. The crop load this year is looking good (looks like we had good bud differentiation last year), with nice large, healthy blooms. Bloom in the Syrah was just a few days later. The 2020 vintage is looking healthy and plentiful.
Spring brought with it a shelter-in-place/stay-at-home order due to the Covid-19 virus (as of March 17) that is still with us today. We hope everyone is well, and please stay well. Unfortunately, we have not been able to schedule tastings in the vineyard, but we will let you know as soon as we can do so. We can provide our Muns Vineyard wines for your enjoyment at home, so please see more about ordering and our delivery and shipment options above.
This past winter we had 28″ of precipitation, including an inch or so of snow mid-January and a dusting of snow mid-March. (Compare this to the 70″ of rain we had over the 2018/19 winter rain season!). The rain we’ve had this year is enough to saturate the root zone and give the vines what they need for the growing season. February was completely dry, but we had some additional rain in March and April. The crew pre-pruned in February and completed the final pruning the end of March.
Please stay well!
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The Muns Vineyard Shelter-in-Place Special: Enjoy Muns Vineyard Wines at Home
Vineside Pickup: Pick up Your Advance Order at the Vineyard Saturdays, by Appointment
or Free Local Delivery. We also ship.
We sincerely hope that everyone is well, and please stay well! Under Covid restrictions we are currently not scheduling tastings in our vineyard:
For Vineside Pickup at the vineyard: Saturdays between 11-3pm: Pick up is for advance orders only. Please note: we are not allowed to offer tastings, and people may not congregate. We will observe social distancing. And all visitors must wear a mask (bring your own).
Free local delivery: We will deliver to your home at no charge with a min. 4 bottle order throughout Santa Cruz to Watsonville, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and San Jose to Palo Alto. If you live just beyond this area please inquire about delivery. If we know you are home we can bring the wine to your door and process your credit card at our office to avoid direct contact.
We also ship.
To Order: See our Order page here. Or call Mary at 408-234-2079.
During the Covid-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place orders we are offering the following discounts:
10% off on 4-5 bottles
15% off on 6-11 bottles
25% off on a case
30% off on 3 cases
And you can mix your selection and order whatever you would like.
Wine Club discounts: 20% on 3 bottles, 25% on 6 bottles, 30% on a case
Pricing before discounts: Pinot Noirs $40/bottle; Syrah $30/bottle, 2010 Sparkling Rose’ of Pinot Noir $50/bottle.
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See the Events page for details. Vineyard tastings will resume following harvest.
More Events Where You Can Find Us:
There are currently no offsite events due to Covid restrictions.See our Events page for more events and information.
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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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