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Muns Vineyard Pinot Noirs win Best of Appellation Gold Medals from AppellationAmerica.com.
2004 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir:  Gold Medal
2005 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir:  Gold Medal
2006 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir:  Gold Medal

 

Harvest 2014

    
              Glistening Clusters                --------------------   Night Harvesting   -------------------

     
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Filling Half-Ton Bins from the Picking Buckets

       
       Moving Bins                                       Future Wine                                      Ed & Mary

Bud Break was about 10 days earlier than normal (early March) due to an unseasonably mild winter.  Daytime temperatures were in the 60s with sunny skies warming the soil to signal the vines to wake up out of dormancy.  After 13 months of no rain (January 2013 to January 2014), February brought over 10" of rain in several moderate storms.  Normal winter rainfall is about 30" so we hope that March and April will bring the rest to get us through the growing season.

Pruning is taking place in early March, a bit late since bud break is commencing, but the February rains have caused delays.  The beautiful Winter weather allowed us to refurbish the deer fence, repairing several holes that the deer had found last year.  We were also able to clear the brush along the deer fence so it is completely clear all around.  The ground cover is finally green and beginning to grow with the newly acquired moisture.  Unlike last year's dry spring, we expect much more time spent in weed management this season.

While California, in general, is suffering a drought year, our site received 19" of winter rain, compared to an average of 30" in a normal year.  The vines are growing as if they have plenty of water, but may be surprised mid-summer when the soil moisture depletes earlier than normal.  We are prepared to supplement the soil with drip irrigation.

By early June, the Pinot Noir was fully set, meaning the fertilized flowers had turned to young berries.  The Syrah was still in bloom and will set about two weeks later than the Pinot Noir.  During June, routine spraying for Powdery Mildew prevention and nutrient amendments continues along with vineyard floor management of grasses and weeds.  Gopher control continues as always, throughout the year.  Seasonal vine development is moving along rapidly and this foretells another early harvest, likely beginning in late August.

Veraison started mid-July and bird netting was completed on 28 July.  Various species of birds, some of which are never present except as the grapes ripen, were beginning to investigate the grapes as the netting was installed.  The vines in deeper soils in the vineyard are still showing aggressive shoot tip growth, confirming that the 19" of winter/spring rainfall was more than adequate, despite an overall drought year for California.  Average for this site is 30-35", but the vines don't need that much.  So the plants in this vineyard aren't aware of the region-wide drought!

Next up on the roster of key vineyard events ... harvest!  Currently, the vineyard is progressing on a similar time schedule as last year, so harvest will likely begin in the latter part of August.  Indeed, the first day of harvest was 19 August, just two days earlier than 2013.  The next harvest days were 21 and 23 August, then 1 September, Labor Day.  The first three days were for two wineries who favor early ripeness from blocks that typically ripen earlier than the rest of the vineyard.  Yields on these first four harvest days were slightly higher than 2013, making 2012-2014 nearly identical in yield and fruit quality.  It is unusual to have three great years in a row.

We finished the Pinot Noir harvest in three more days: 5, 8 and 9 September.  Total yield was 42 tons.  This is our earliest harvest ever and is attributed to ideal growing weather from bud break to harvest.  Temperatures hardly deviated from the "sweet spot" where the vines have optimum development.  In most years, there are temperature excursions, both high and low, which cause the plants to slow or stop development, then take some time to get going again.  Those interruptions just did not occur in 2014.  On 16 September, we did our earliest ever Syrah harvest of 3.5 tons.

 

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Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noirs:

A Special Mountain Vineyard,
Special Mountain Pinot Noir

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 cool fog lapping at our feet in the summer, gentle breezes and maximum sunlight -- 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!

Events

Please join us to taste our high mountain Pinots

As we do not have a tasting room, you can find us at the following events which are good opportunities to taste our wines.  You can then purchase from us directly or from any of a number of specialty wine shops that carry our wine.

Join us at these tastings to try two new releases from Muns Vineyard: the 2011 Estate Pinot Noir and 2011 Estate Syrah.

bullet Wednesday, Nov. 12: New Release Tasting at Rootstock in Los Gatos, 5:30-7:00pm.
We will pour a selection of our Pinot Noirs, including the new 2011 'classic'; and both our 2010 and new 2011 Syrahs. Rootstock carries our 2010 vintages (you can find the 2010 Pinot by the glass at the bar), so this is a chance to try and compare.

Rootstock  
217 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos 95030
408-354-7668

 
bulletSaturday, Nov. 15: Passport Day, at Vino Locale in Palo Alto, 12:00-4:00pm.
Try a vertical selection of our estate Pinot Noirs, and our Syrah - including the new 2011 releases.  It is Passport Day! Join us in to celebrate the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Vino Locale will be our tasting room for the day. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting in the lovely garden. No charge with Passport; $10 tasting fee without Passport. Passports ($45) are available from the SCMWA and are good for each of the quarterly Passport events at all participating locations. Vino Locale, 431 Kipling St., Palo Alto  650-328-0450
 

 

bullet Saturday Nov. 22: New Release Tasting at VinoCruz, Santa Cruz, 2:00- 5:00pm
This is another opportunity, in Santa Cruz, to try our new releases: the 2011 Estate Pinot Noir and 2011 Estate Syrah. Plus a vertical selection of our Pinots. Join us at this wonderful wine bar and shop that specializes in the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can purchase our wines here any time. 
VinoCruz, 725 Front St., Ste. 101 , Santa Cruz   831-426-8466  (next to Annieglass and the Museum of Art & History)
 

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Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Current Releases:

2011  "Classic", 136 cases bottled Spring 2013 and released Fall 2014.  $40

2011  Native Yeast Fermentation!  80 cases produced, released November 2012.  $40

2010  250 cases produced, released September 2013.  $40

2009  242 cases produced, released November 2012.  $40

bullet"Pleasing aromas of black cherries, red plums and roasted nuts. Delicious mid-weight flavors of dark stone fruits with a subtle riff of spice. The tannins and acidity are nicely balanced and this wine drinks seamlessly. Exceptional."  - Rusty Gaffney, 'The Prince of Pinot', in PinotFile
bulletA favorite of Ken Zinns, Grape Nutz, at the 2013 Pinot Paradise Grand Cruz tasting
bullet"Consumers looking for a prettier style of pinot should enjoy the 2009 Muns Estate Pinot Noir ($40), with its crushed strawberry, spice and hint of vanilla.", Laurie Daniels, San Jose Mercury News, April 10, 2013, in this article about Pinot Paradise.
bulletGold Medal, Santa Cruz Mountains Professional Wine Tasting, 2013

2008  165 cases produced, released in May 2011.  $40

bullet90 points, Richard Jennings, Huffington Post
bulletGold Medal, Santa Cruz Mountains Professional Wine Tasting, 2013
 

Library Selections:

~ Experience the alchemy of bottle aging.  These wines are still available and drinking beautifully

2007  150 cases produced, released in Fall 2009.  $40

2006  360 cases produced, released in June 2008.  $40

bullet Gold Medal, Appellation America 'Best of Appellation' Award
bullet"I was wild about the Muns Vineyard 2006 (Pinot Noir)..." - Christina Waters, in Santa Cruz Weekly, March 23, 2011, in an article about a pre-Pinot Paradise tasting.
bullet90 points, Richard Jennings, Huffington Post

2005  180 cases produced, released in March 2007.  $40

bullet91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
bulletGold Medal, Appellation America 'Best of Appellation' Award

Rosé of Pinot Noir

2013  54 cases produced, released Spring 2014  $18

Estate Grown Syrah

2011  100 cases produced, released October 2014.  $25

2010  120 cases produced, released October 2012.  $25

Coming

Pinot Noir:

2013  Barrel aging.  $40

2012  269 cases produced, bottled June 2014.  $40

Syrah:

2013  Barrel aging.  $25

2012  Barrel aging.  $25

 

People ask us what was going on in the vineyard and the weather each vintage that affects the differences in flavor. This chart shows weather conditions and other factors for each growing season. Some seasons were wetter than others; some warmer or cooler. It is interesting to consider how these variables have influenced the wine!

 

In the News

bullet Says Josie Cowden about our 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir in Good Times Santa Cruz"This vivacious cherry-pink Rosé is a simply beautiful summer wine. Full of bright aromas of strawberries, watermelon and a smidgen of apricot, the Muns Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2013 has an enticing fragrant nose to appreciate before you get to the first lovely taste of bright fruit flavors. Crisp and dry, it’s a refreshing delight on a summer’s day—and it’s perfect to pair with picnic fare and appetizers." Read the review online in Good Times, July 30, 2014.
 
bullet Our 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir is the featured wine in the Summer edition of Edible Silicon Valley. Says Mary Orlin in her story, "This beautiful strawberry colored wine is fermented completely dry. It's a crisp, bright juicy wine. Beautiful aromas of fresh strawberries, watermelon and a hint of apricot with zesty acidty." Read the review online in Edible Silicon Valley.
 
bullet An 'outstanding Pinot Noir discovery', says Christina Waters in the Santa Cruz Weekly. "It exudes spice - star anise, white pepper, bay leaves - with a seductive velvety core of tangerine, cherries, and birch bark... Each sip implies intimacy as well as infinite distance. We were practically breathless with admiration. This is a Pinot capable of partnering with everything from sturgeon to grilled cheese to rack of lamb. ... wine can walk on water." Read the entire review here in the Santa Cruz Weekly, Feb. 25, 2014.
 

A Dynamic Duo of Local Pinots

Santa Cruz Mountains' Silver Mountain and Muns vineyards produce winning wines

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The Santa Cruz Mountains’ Muns Vineyard does pinot right.

It was a charmed week in which I was able to discover not one, but two of the best Santa Cruz Mountain appellation pinot noirs I've ever tasted. The first was a 2008 Miller Hill Vineyard pinot from Silver Mountain Vineyards ($38). Made from Dijon clones 115 and 667, this gorgeous creation had been aged in tight-grained Hungarian oak. And even though it contains a robust 14.7% alcohol, it remains graceful and beautifully balanced. The nose is spicy, with a minty fragrance, and the flavors emerging range from licorice to sassafras and black plums. This wine actually tastes intelligent. One sip and a narrative in some unknown, yet familiar language unfolds. Kudos to Jerold O'Brien, Tony Craig and the exceptional grapes of Miller Hill Vineyard.

The second outstanding Pinot Noir discovery was the 2009 Muns Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Estate Pinot Noir, an intricate creation of Dijon clones 114,115, 667 and 777. It exudes spice—star anise, white pepper, bay leaves—with a seductive velvety core of tangerine, cherries, and birch bark. The finish inclines toward geranium and terracotta, and the tangerine expands hauntingly as the wine opens.. Each sip implies intimacy as well as infinite distance. We were practically breathless with admiration. And at 14.1% alcohol, and the refining influence of new Hungarian oak, this is a Pinot Noir capable of partnering everything from sturgeon, to grilled cheese, to rack of lamb. Our congratulations to winemaker Ed Muns for proving that a $40 wine can walk on water. Available at VinoCruz.

- See more at: http://www.santacruz.com/restaurants/articles/2014/02/25/a_dynamic_duo_of_local_pinots/#sthash.CcTUBWQ2.dpuf
And in her blog (here) on Feb. 21, Christina Waters raves:  "From Muns Vineyard comes a spectacular example of Santa Cruz Mountains terroir.  Muns’ 2009 Estate Pinot Noir is everything you could want in a brilliantly balanced wine. From the nose of white pepper, roses, and licorice, straight into an expanding heart of tangerine, bay leaves and a long, slow finish of black cherries, this is a gorgeous pinot noir. Its luscious 100% pinot noir grape composition has been coaxed into elegant nuance by aging in Hungarian oak, and at a highly desireable 14.1% alcohol it is light enough to partner almost anything, yet won’t get in the way of simply kicking back and enjoying. This could be one of the top five pinot noirs I’ve ever tasted, and one that justifies our pride in what the SCMtn appellation can produce." Thank you, Christina!
 

 

 

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Muns Vineyard is included in a story by Donna Jones in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Feb. 14, 2014, "Santa Cruz Mountains winegrowers expect smaller 2014 harvest after 2013 bumper crop."  This is about the lack of water over the previous year, and the unseasonably warm Spring weather starting out 2014. See the full article here. (This was also printed in the San Jose Mercury News).

 

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"Muns is... already earning praise for its elegant and distinctive wine."
This from Mary Orlin In her story in Palate Press, "A Pinot Paradise in the Santa Cruz Mountains" , Nov. 26, 2013.
"The wines show great aging potential, as in the 2006 Pinot, which is still fresh, has a beautiful floral nose (rose, violet) and nice mineral notes, something I taste in all the Muns wines."
 

 

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Santa Cruz Mountains winemakers can thank Mother Nature for this year’s bountiful grape crop, By Shannon Burkey, San Jose Mercury News and Los Gatos Weekly Times, November 6, 2013. "This harvest has just been really fabulous," Mary Lindsay said. "Everybody is really jazzed and is feeling that this has been an extraordinary year in so many ways."  Read all about it in this PDF.
 

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Mary gave an exclusive report to Wines & Vines magazine about the 2013 harvest in this article,
Coastal Wine Harvest is Early and Booming Santa Cruz Mountains growers enjoy spectacular 2013 season,
by Jane Firstenfeld, Oct. 9, 2013.  Following what they are calling a “phenomenal growing season,” most wine grape growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA just south of San Francisco are “totally jazzed about this year’s vintage,” according to Mary Lindsay, co-owner of 300-case Muns Vineyard in Los Gatos, Calif., and president of the Viticulture Association of the Santa Cruz Mountains (VASCM).  Read the article in this PDF.
 

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Mary and Ed are interviewed by the Santa Cruz Sentinel in an article about the impending 2013 harvest, published on the front page of the paper Saturday, August 17, 2013:  "Early, bountiful harvests anticipated in Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards", by Donna Jones.  "Vineyards are only weeks away from what's looking like a bountiful harvest. Last year was good. This year is even better." See a PDF of the article here.
 

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"Pleasing aromas of black cherries, red plums and roasted nuts. Delicious mid-weight flavors of dark stone fruits with a subtle riff of spice. The tannins and acidity are nicely balanced and this wine drinks seamlessly. Exceptional."  - Rusty Gaffney, 'The Prince of Pinot', about the 2009 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir in PinotFile. See the full review from Pinot Paradise here.
 

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"Consumers looking for a prettier style of pinot should enjoy the 2009 Muns Estate Pinot Noir ($40), with its crushed strawberry, spice and hint of vanilla.", Laurie Daniels, San Jose Mercury News, April 10, 2013, in this article about Pinot Paradise.

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The 2009 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir was a favorite of the Grape Nutz team, Ken Zinns and Al Osterheld, at the 2013 Pinot Paradise Grand Cruz tasting.
 
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Muns 2009 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains. Medium-light color, this showed up front black cherry and plum aromas along with earth, fresh herbs, and notes of baking spice. Medium-light bodied, the tannins were noticeable but refined, nice.

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Muns 2011 Pinot Noir, “Native Yeast,” Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains. Fermented with native yeast and aged in neutral oak. Medium-light ruby, displaying more earth and herb components with somewhat primary cherry fruit in support. Fairly light but lively on the palate with moderate tannins, this still needs time to develop.

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Muns 2008 Pinot Noir, Estate, Santa Cruz Mountains. Similar color to the first two wines, displaying ripe black cherry, earth, and a touches of spice and vanilla on the nose. Richer mouthfeel with refined tannins.

Comments: At 2,600-foot elevation, Muns is the highest Pinot vineyard in the area, planted from 1998-2005 with 114, 115, 667, and 777 clones. Muns uses mostly Hungarian oak barrels – I thought they worked better with these wines than some of the others at the event.

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bullet Ed is interviewed by Western Farm Press about the 2012 vintage. Wine grape growers in the Santa Cruz mountains are very optimistic about this year’s crop. Veteran Pinot Noir grower Ed Muns says, “Everyone around here is reporting great fruit and a prolific set. ... This could be one the best harvests in this region in 15 to 20 years.”  Greg Northcutt, July 25, 2012.
 

 

bullet Photos from Muns Vineyard and an interview with Mary
in this Santa Cruz Sentinel article on the 2012 harvest:
On this harvest moon: Grape picking begins in what
is expected to be great year for wine
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Sentinel, Sept. 19, 2012. "Everybody's looking forward
to making some great wine from this vintage," Mary said.
We're really pretty excited about it."


 
bulletOur 2007 Pinot Noir is featured by Josie Cowden in Good Times who finds it to be "one gorgeous Pinot," and "chock-full of beautiful fruit and bursting with flavors of caramel, vanilla, earth and spice."
 
bullet90 points for Muns Vineyard's 2006 and 2008 Pinot Noirs from Richard Jennings, wine writer and reviewer for the Huffington Post, in a review of Pinot Paradise on his blog, rjonwine.com:
bullet 2008 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains: Medium cherry red color; floral, tart strawberry, tart cherry nose; tart cherry, tart strawberry, strawberry syrup palate; needs 1-2 years; medium-plus finish 90+ points (clones 114, 115, 667 and 777) (90 pts.)
bullet 2006 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir – USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Bricking medium red color with pale meniscus; mature, ripe cherry, baked cherry, loam nose; light-medium bodied, loam, tart cherry, baked cherry palate; medium-plus finish (30% new Hungarian oak) (90 pts.)
 
bulletProfile of Ed and Mary in Los Gatos Weekly Times, 11/21/11: When it comes time to pour wine at a local charitable event, Muns' the word
 
bulletA video interview with Ed & Mary in the vineyard on Patch.com:  Muns Vineyard is a Pinot lover's paradise!
 
bullet"I was wild about the Muns Vineyard 2006 (Pinot Noir)..." - Christina Waters, in Santa Cruz Weekly, March 23, 2011, in an article about a pre-Pinot Paradise tasting.
 
bulletMuns Vineyard's 2008 Syrah is the featured 'Sip of the Week' in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/23/11.
 
bulletMuns Vineyard's 2007 Pinot Noir is the featured 'Sip of the Week' in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 10/6/10. "Because Pinot Noir and fall go together.  Think Thanksgiving!
 
bulletMuns Vineyard's Rosé of Pinot Noir is featured in the Good Times Santa Cruz, March 3, 2010.  Rosé is becoming one of reviewer Josie Cowden's favorite wines, and she really likes the Muns Vineyard:

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(The Muns Vineyard) Rosé of Pinot Noir has everything going for it— it’s light and fresh and not overly sweet. Dry and crisp, this fragrant Rosé has gorgeous flavors of cherry, watermelon and cinnamon spice. As the warmer weather comes around, this would be a perfect wine to take on a picnic, or to have with your spring and summer greens."

Try it! We think you will really like this delicious Rosé.
 
bulletMuns Vineyard Pinots are featured in a story in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, with recipes from local vintners  - including Mary's now famous recipe for pan-roasted Brussels sprouts, that pairs deliciously with our 2004 and 2005 Pinot Noirs. 
 
bulletHam Radio Creates a Vineyard! - Ed is quoted in the 17 October 2009 article in the Los Gatos Weekly-Times, "Amateur Radio Operators on Front Lines During Loma Prieta Quake".  Although Ed wasn't one of the active hams helping with that local disaster, the article notes that the property that eventually became the current Muns Vineyard was selected for ham radio purposes by Ed.  The first day of land clearing for the home occurred on 17 October, 1989, the day of the destructive Loma Prieta Earthquake, whose epicenter was just five miles south of the property.
 
bulletRead about Muns Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Sentinel (September 12, 2009), in an article about the 2009 harvest.  It includes a number of photos of harvest at Muns Vineyard.
 
bulletRead about Muns Vineyard in the San Jose Mercury News.  Laurie Daniel, about Pinot Paradise: "The 2006 Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir ($40) is dark and spicy, with black cherry, clove, cola, a hint of sage and firm structure."
 
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Says Rusty Gaffney, the "Prince of Pinot", about the 2005 Pinot Noir from Muns Vineyard in his PinotFiles newsletter:

"The 2005 vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains was on the 'weighty' side and this wine shows the bold structure of the vintage.  Again, the aromatics are enchanting, featuring bright cherries, spices and ginger.  The velvety texture alone is worth the price of admission.  Perfectly balanced and thoroughly enjoyable."

"I visited and walked Ed's vineyard and I found it to be one of the more pristine vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  No question in my mind that this vineyard will be producing some remarkable Pinot Noirs for many years to come."

Read about Muns Vineyard in the March 15, 2008 issue of the Prince of Pinot's PinotFile newsletter.  The Prince reviews our 2004, 2005, 2006 and as yet unreleased 2007 Pinots. About the 2007, the Prince says,

"A consistent Muns Vineyard style is beginning to evolve with this wine which shows similarities in structure and character to the 2006 vintage. This wine exhibits admirable complexity with nicely spiced red and black fruits, herbs, forest floor and mocha. There are still tannins to shed, but these are ripe and fine and will integrate nicely with a little more bottle age. The acidity is spot on. This should prove to be a very stellar wine.

 

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Muns Vineyard awarded Best of Appellation Gold Medals for our 2004, 2005 and 2006 Pinot Noirs from AppellationAmerica.com
 

Vineyard

We grow premium Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir with exquisite attention to quality so as to produce the very finest wine.  The wines we produce reflect our high standards in the vineyard, as well as one of the best locations for growing Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a prime growing region for this luscious winegrape.   The first commercial vintage was in 2003 based on a half-ton harvest.  Soquel Vineyards blended half of the wine into a Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir and the other half was bottled under the Muns Vineyard label.  Grape tonnage increased rapidly in succeeding years:

2004:    About four tons were harvested from four acres and again the wine was produced by Soquel Vineyards.  125 cases were produced as a Muns Vineyard designate under the Soquel Vineyards label and another 125 cases under the Muns Vineyard label.

2005:   Almost twelve tons were harvested from six acres with five tons going into the Soquel Vineyards label as a Muns Vineyard designated wine.  The other seven tons went into a Muns Vineyard designate wine on three labels produced by Silver Mountain Vineyards: Silver Mountain Vineyards, Sonnet Wine Cellars and Muns Vineyard.  Tony Craig, of Dave Bruce fame, made these three wines.

2006:   Nearly 24 tons were harvested from seven acres with 10 tons going to Soquel Vineyards and 14 tons crushed at Silver Mountain Vineyards for the same three labels as in 2005.  This was an abnormally large yield, as it was for many California vineyards, due to abundant winter rains that produced record cluster sizes.

2007:   Fruit set this season was been superb, but nature presented some challenges.  Two nights in April produced 25 degree temperatures a large low area of the vineyard where over a acre of fruit and even some vines were lost.  Later in the season, dehydration further reduced the crop.  Over 16 tons were harvested on 4-6 September all going to Silver Mountain Vineyards for production under three labels: their own, Sonnet Wine Cellars and Muns Vineyard.

2008:   This is the first year all vineyard blocks are producing--twelve acres of Pinot Noir and one acre of Syrah.  Pinot Noir was harvested from 29 August to 2 September, our earliest.  The yield is our lowest ever at around 1.5 ton/acre.  Vineyards across the state are reporting much lower cluster weights, so while it looks like there is a lot of fruit, there really isn't.  3 tons of Syrah was harvested the third week of September.

2009:   This vintage was like 2006 in terms of yield.  With the entire vineyard now producing, we harvested 36+ tons of Pinot Noir and 2 tons of Syrah.  We had lots of winter rain and a somewhat cooler growing season.  This resulted in first irrigation in August, compared to April in 2008 following a drought winter.  Harvest was the latest ever for this vineyard, during the third week of September for the Pinot Noir and the first week of October for the Syrah.

2010:    The winter leading into this season was even wetter than 2009, but the rain came in measured amounts so there was minimal erosion and maximum absorption into the soil.  Bud break was delayed due to consistently cool spring temperatures and no frost periods occurred after bud break, a first for this vineyard in ten years!  The summer continued to be relatively cooler than normal, so the season extended to our longest yet.  On 17 September we harvested 4 tons of clone 115 for sparkling Pinot Noir at 19 Brix.  On 1 October we harvested 6 tons of all four clones for our estate Pinot Noir at 25 Brix.  We felt the rest of the vineyard (30+ tons) could still use some more hang time to ripen the flavors even more, so we postponed harvest for another week or two.  We ultimately harvested 49 tons of Pinot Noir by the end of October and after three rains.  On 3 Novembe we harvested 4.2 tons of Syrah.

2011:   Yet another winter with lots of rain that has extended into early June.  This cool spring has stalled growth with shoots just 12-18" and bloom not started.  This is probably good because heavy rains can disturb bloom and reduce fruit set.  The foilage is lime-green in color, indicating the inability of the vines to take up nutrients in cool temperatures (50-60 degrees F).  At this point we are 2-3 weeks behind normal development and looking for warmer weather to allow the vines to take off for the season.  The season finished out relatively cool and we harvested only 19 tons of Pinot Noir on 8-10 October.  The cluster weights were deceptively light so yield was about half expected.  3.5 tons of Syrah were harvested on 29 October.

2012:  Bud break was the latest ever in late April, but bloom and fruit set caught up to our typical season.  Assuming the season continued "typically", we expected to harvest the Pinot in mid-September and the Syrah in early October.  There were a lot of Pinot Noir clusters and fruit-thinning is needed to balance the crop with the vegetative growth.  45.1 tons of Pinot Noir were harvested from 10-24 September as the blocks each reached optimum ripeness and 3.2 tons of Syrah were harvested on 1 October. 

Artists Gallery

Paintings of Muns Vineyard by local artists (more in Artists Gallery) ...

  
                            Pastel of Muns Vineyard, by Claire Verbiest                                                   Muns Vineyard - Pinot Noir, by W.M. Vinci

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