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Small-Lot Pinot (V95) and Chard (V94) - Sharp Prices on a Must-Try Estate - 11/29/2017 - Pinot Noir (domestic)

While Mindego Estate may not be a household name (yet), their wines put them among the best out of Santa Cruz Mountains. Hence, when the opportunity came to sell their Pinot and Chard at knockout, market-best prices, we knew we had to act. Earning 95 and 94 points, respectively, this pair shows the expressive, flamboyant side of Santa Cruz Mountains fruit. Both are multi-layered, complex affairs, offering a seamless delivery from start to finish. Production is exceptionally limited, which allows for greater attention to detail both in the field and in the cellar. This hands-on approach really shows through in the quality of the wines, as they are a master course in poise and balance. While this pair is a pure to delight to drink now, they also have the structure to develop for another five to ten years at least. Given the pedigree we’d happily pay over $60, luckily you can get them here for a fraction of the price. The team at Mindego Estate led by Ehren Jordan (Failla, Turley) have really outdone themselves, raising the level of Santa Cruz Mountains even higher. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this very attractively priced pair.

Vintage Item Name Score Retail Link
2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 94 $39.99 View
2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 95 $39.99 View


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2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay ($39.99)

94 points Vinous: "The 2014 Chardonnay is one of the most distinctive wines being made in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Graphite, smoke, peach, mint and honey give the 2014 much of its exotic flair. Dramatic in both its flavors and phenolic intensity, the 2014 is absolutely gorgeous. The aromatics are slightly reductive, so I would give the 2014 a good bit of air. There is no question the 2014 is a stunning wine, although it shows the most extroverted, flamboyant side of what is possible in the Santa Cruz Mountains. (AG)" (07/2016)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Chardonnay from Mindego Ridge comes from a tiny 1.5-acre parcel and spent 11 months in mostly neutral French oak. Beautiful notes of white peach, pineapple, exotic flowers and hints of mint all flow from this medium to full-bodied, rich, layered, gorgeous Chardonnay that has excellent freshness and vibrancy. Like all 2014s, its upfront and ready to go, with tons of fruit. Drink it over the coming couple of years. The Gollnick family continues to make a brilliant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the estate Mindego Ridge Vineyard. There's not much of these to go around, but they're well worth the extra effort to track down! (JD)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

Tasting this next to the Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay was a real eye-opener because while the Eden had the richness and the weight, the Mindego Ridge had all that creaminess, but with vibrant acidity, accents of savory herbs, and minerality in one helluva complex ride from start to finish. It's everything I wish more California Chardonnays could be: full-boded and lush, but without ever sacrificing freshness or secondary flavor. This is a home run of a wine and I'm definitely putting Mindego Ridge on my shortlist of wineries to watch.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love how both of the 2014 offerings from Mindego Ridge offer up a perfect synthesis of varietal and place. This wine is hand-picked from the estate's tiny 1.3 acre planting of Chardonnay. The wine expresses beautiful ripeness with golden orchard and stone fruit charters. A supple, soft texture on the palate, the wine is rich and mouth-filling. Into the finish the wines' cool climate Santa Cruz Mountain aspect shines through with beautiful focus, glistening saline minerality and lovely line and length. The oak handling is very subtle and alcohol perfect balanced at 13.7%. A stunning, pristine wine that perfect illustrates how special the Santa Cruz Mountains are.

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2014 Mindego Ridge "Estate" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir ($39.99)

95 points Vinous: "As good as the Chardonnay is in 2014, the Pinot Noir is even better. Rich, dramatic and full-bodied, yet with remarkable translucence, the 2014 takes hold of all the senses and never lets up. Violet, lavender, mint, dark spice and leather come together in a crescendo of aromas, flavors and textures that is hard to describe. Readers who can find the 2014 should not hesitate. (AG)" (07/2016)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Sporting a vibrant ruby color, the 2014 Pinot Noir has awesome fruit intensity in its bright black raspberry, Bing cherry, lavender and distinct floral characteristics. Upfront, medium-bodied, seamless and polished, with bright acidity and a clean finish, this is a beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir that will be better with short-term cellaring and keep through 2023. The Gollnick family continues to make a brilliant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the estate Mindego Ridge Vineyard. There's not much of these to go around, but they're well worth the extra effort to track down! (JD)" (10/2016)

Staff ImageDavid Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

There's delicious, juicy, easy drinking Pinot Noir and then there's serious Pinot Noir like the 2014 Mindego Ridge. What does "serious" mean? It means balance and beauty with layers of flavor that slowly develop and unveil themselves after time in the glass. The dark and brooding fruit of the Santa Cruz Mountains is the star, of course, but under that there are hints of herbs and spice that begin on the nose and continue unwind as your swirl and sip your way through the glass. It's everything I love about Santa Cruz Mountain wines: mystery and intrigue with fresh acidity. The Mindego Ridge wines are from a tiny family-owned estate property, making this all the more fun to drink. It's rare that I find new Pinots from Santa Cruz these days that wow me, but this is another great find.

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 16, 2017

I love how both of the 2014 offerings from Mindego Ridge offer up a perfect synthesis of varietal and place. The Pinot Noir immediately communicates is terroir of coastal mountains, coniferous forests and pacific ocean breezes. The wine has such a delicate yet distinctive perfume: crunchy black and red berries, mulling spices, pine needles, fruitcake. One the palate the wine is concentrated but focused, it has feeling of small, tight, clusters of fruit and a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity. Whilst the fruit expression is pure Pinot Noir, I also love that this wine embraces just a dash of the varietals savory side; there's bramble, forest floor and slatey minerals. Such a complete, complex and compelling wine that continues evolving with every sip.