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  • Wine of the Week: Unwind with a Muns syrah, By Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel, July 1, 2015.  “…2010 estate-grown syrah that given time to unwind, opens up to your senses. Dark fruit, oak and earth reflect the grace and strength of this syrah, grown on one of the tallest peaks of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay.” See the full review here.

 

 

 

  • Wine Press: Elevation shows in Muns Vineyard mountain-grown pinot, By Stacey Vreeken, Santa Cruz Sentinel, June 9, 2015.  What do winegrape growing and ham radio have in common?  This is a great story (if we do say so ourselves) about Ed and Mary and Muns Vineyard.
        “When Ed Muns landed atop Loma Prieta, it wasn’t to grow grapes — that came later — he wanted the elevation to set up his ham radio antenna. At 2,600 feet, it was “awesome,” says the avid operator who has set world records with his prowess at ham radio contesting. …”  See the story here.

The view south toward Monterey from Muns Vineyard, in the Summit area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, is expansive and inspiring.      

 

 

  •  Los Gatos Weekly cover article by Marrianne Hamilton on 30 January 2015 about Ed’s ham radio hobby.

 

 

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
 
  •  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.
  • 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!

 

  •  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).

 

 

  • “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.”

 

 

 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • 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:

         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.

        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.

       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.

See the complete article here.

 

  • 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.

 

 

  • 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, Santa Cruz
    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.”

 

 

  • Our 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.”

 

 

  • 90 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:
  • 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.)
  • 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.)

 

 

  • “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.
  • Muns Vineyard’s 2008 Syrah is the featured ‘Sip of the Week‘ in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/23/11.
Muns 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!
  • Muns 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: “(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.

  • Muns 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. 
  •  Ham 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.
  •  Read 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.
  • Read 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.

     

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

 

 

 

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