A model of grace and understatement, the 2012 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard is all about finesse. Freshly cut roses, violets, spices and crushed rocks all add nuance to this transparent, crystalline Pinot endowed with striking finesse. This weightless, utterly impeccable Pinot Noir will transport readers straight to the windswept, rugged hillsides of The Sta. Rita Hills.
The 2012 Pinot Noir 2,3,5 Mt. Carmel Vineyard bursts from the glass with a rush of dark red and blue fruits. Spice and floral notes appear later, adding depth and nuance. Overall, the 2,3,5 is deep and explosive to the core, with more ripeness and pure resonance. Then again, this sun-drenched, south-facing site is clearly suited to making wines of superb textural richness and pure depth. Still a bit reticent, the 2012 could use another year or two in bottle. There is so much to like here. The 2,3,5 is a blend of fruit from Blocks 2, 3 and 5.
The 2013 Chardonnay Mt. Carmel Vineyard is vivid and wonderfully alive in the glass. Lemon oil, almonds, sage and mint are some of the many notes that meld together in a deeply expressive, beguiling wine endowed with superb transparency. The flavors are rich and ample, yet the wine's texture is utterly weightless
The 2012 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard is off the charts. Seeing 10% whole cluster inclusion and aged 16 months in 33% new French oak, it has incredible aromatics of cassis, licorice, spring flowers and spice that flow beautifully to a medium to full-bodied, energetic and elegantly styled palate. Nothing is out of place, It has awesome purity of fruit, and a classically styled, focused finish. Superb on all accounts and one of the top Pinot Noirs I was able to taste for this report.
The 2012 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard 2 3 5 is up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. Completely destemmed and aged 11 months in 42% new French oak, it has awesome purity and vibrancy, with classy blackberry, raspberry, rose petal and assorted spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Give this beauty another year in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2022.
The only white presented, and tasted as a barrel sample, the 2013 Chardonnay Mt Carmel Vineyard is a classy, all-around gorgeous effort that does everything right. Coming mostly from clay loam soils and aged 11 months in 40% new French oak, 30% neutral, and 30% stainless steel, it boasts fabulous aromas of white peach, lime, and lemon curd-like qualities to go with background brioche and spice. Medium to full-bodied, layered and juicy, it strikes a great balance between its richness and freshness.