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 Muns Vineyard Shelter-in-Place Special: Enjoy Muns Vineyard Wines at Home
Pick up Your Advance Order at the Vineyard Every Saturday Through May, 11-3:00
or Free Local Delivery. We also ship.
We sincerely hope that everyone is well, and please stay well! At this time, when winery tasting rooms are closed and we are unable to hold tastings in our vineyard:
For pick up at the vineyard, Every Saturday through May, 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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Spring and Budbreak 2020
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Budbreak popped out in earnest the last weekend of April. Once it finally started the leafing out and shoot growth have been rapid, as the days are warm and we have long daylight hours. “Normally’ we would expect budbreak mid-March, but starting in 2018 it’s gotten later and later (early April in 2018, mid-April in 2019) due to cold, wet weather. The good thing is that now we are past the danger of frost that can damage the tender leaves with an earlier budbreak. The 2020 vintage is well on its way now!
Spring has brought with it a shelter-in-place/stay-at-home order due to the Covid-19 virus (as of March 17). We hope everyone is well, and please stay well. This means that, unfortunately, we will not be able to schedule tastings in the vineyard until the order is lifted and we can return to some normalcy. We’ve not been able to schedule a tasting yet this year, first due to the weather, and now it will be awhile longer. 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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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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