Mail Road 2013 Pinot Noir, Mt. Carmel Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills - 96 Points!


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Mail Road Wines is the new project of Ronald Piazza and Michael Palmer, who own Mt. Carmel Vineyard, one of the most dramatic, rugged sites in the Sta. Rita Hills. Piazza and Palmer brought on ace-winemaker Matt Dees, who has turned out an absolutely spectacular set of wines that might very well redefine what this site is capable of.

Robert Parker 96 Points: “Similar to the Mt Carmel 3 5 bottling, except with more tension and vibrancy, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard spent 16 months in 33% new French oak, with the balance all in neutral oak, before being bottled unfiltered in March, 2015. It offers lots of rose petal, sappy underbrush and liquid-rock characteristics to go with ample cassis and black cherry fruit. Thrillingly textured, pure and seamless, with medium-bodied richness and depth, this is a sensational Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills that stays fresh and vibrant without making any concessions to fruit or texture. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity.”

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  • Vintage: 2013
  • Winery: Mail Road