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2018 Madson "Toyon Vineyard" Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

SKU #1458736

If you haven’t yet heard about or tasted the wines from Cole Thomas at Madson, that’s likely because they are so tiny, many of their wines are just a barrel or two! In fact, if you look on their website, almost everything is sold out! However, once you have tasted their wines, you won’t quickly forget them. I think this young winery is crafting some of the most exciting wines in the region. Doing his apprenticeship under Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard’s winemaking legend, Jeff Emery, Cole Thomas makes his Madson bottlings in the same cellar, on Ingalls Street on the west side of Santa Cruz. Madson is a collaboration between Cole and vineyard manager Ken Sweggles. In his own right, Ken is quickly becoming known as a “grape whisperer.” He’s taken on vineyards throughout the mountains, and uses meticulous organic farming methods to elevate quality. This partnership is clear to see in the wines, as Cole’s non-interventionist winemaking provides just enough framework to capture the purity of fruit and sense of place without leaving heavy fingerprints on the finished product. The wines aren’t big or flashy. Madson’s style is very contemporary—or “New California,” as Jon Bonné would say. But at the same time, the wines have a grounded, classical, timeless feel. Nothing seems contrived or forced. Right now we have three wines from Madson, but I hope to keep carrying everything they make available to us. They’re not to be missed. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Domestic buyer)

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Price: $29.95

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