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14’ Chardonnay, Nelson Family Vineyard

93 Points

"Editors Choice"

From Mt. Eden and Wente clones grown at 1,700 feet, this under-$30 bottling shows key lime and pomelo pith freshness on the nose, backed by chalk, crushed sea shell and tangerine blossom aromas. There is a fine-grained texture to the tannins on the palate, where bright citrus fruit meets with marcona almond touches. It's simultaneously refreshing and savory. — M.K. Published  4/1/2017 (Source)
 

14’ Pinot Noir, Highlands Ranch

91 Points

This bottling, which used 40% whole clusters and 20% new French oak, shows delicate red cherry and dark cranberry fruit, with gingerbread spice and hibiscus on the layered nose. The palate is full of tangy red plum and cranberry flavors, with touches of licorice, sage and thyme. — M.K. Published  4/1/2017 (Source)

14’ Pinot Noir, KW Vineyard

92 Points

From a vineyard surrounded by the region's iconic estates, this study of Pommard and 667 clones used 60% whole cluster and 20% new oak to produce black raspberry, alpine strawberry, chipped slate, dewy bay leaf and vanilla aromas. Bright cranberry and pomegranate juice shows on the palate, which is lifted by a potpourri of eucalyptus and thyme, proving lively and refreshing.  — M.K. Published  4/1/2017 (Source)


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2014 Mignanelli Nelson Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay

92 Points

13.4% alc., $28. Vineyard planted in 1999 at 1,700 feet elevation in ancient marine sedimentary soil. Mt. Eden and Old Wente selections. Native fermentation, French oak barrel fermented (20% new), 100% malolactic fermentation. Mt. Eden and Old Wente selections. · Light lemon yellow color in the glass. Exuberant perfume of lemon cream, tropical fruits, buttery brioche, caramel and floral bouquet. Crisp, vivid and bright on the palate, with fruit flavors of lemon and pineapple and a hint of salinity. Harmonious, clean and fresh, with plenty of fruit goodness, and a vibrant disposition.

Reviewed December 1, 2016 (Source)

2014 Mignanelli Highlands Ranch Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

90 Points

14.2% alc., $32. An 18- acre vineyard planted in 2001. Native fermentation, 40% whole cluster with hand and feet punchdowns. Clones are 115, 667, 777 and Pommard. Aged in French oak barrels on the lees, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose evolves over time nicely, offering scents of briery black cherry, game, rose petal and vanilla. Modest in weight, with flavors of black raspberry, black plum, blackberry and tobacco. The whole cluster contributes more to the nose than palate, but does not generate unwieldy tannins. The wine picks up approachability and finishing intensity over time in the glass.

Reviewed December 1, 2016 (Source)

2014 Mignanelli KW Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92 Points

13.9% alc., $32 (sold out). A 6-acre vineyard planted in 2000 by Kirk William located between Rosella’s and Garys’ vineyards but lower in elevation. Soils are decomposed granite with quartz. Native fermentation, 60% whole cluster, hand and feet punchdowns. Clones are Pommard and 667. Aged in neutral French oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry, cola, spice, sweet pipe smoke and even a hint of diaper. Full-bodied, with a delectable sweet black cherry core accented with notes of spice and stem. The fine-grain tannins are modest and the wine tempts with a pleasing finish. The added whole cluster adds more nuance and interest in this wine. A manly, daring wine that remains very agreeable.

Reviewed December 1, 2016 (Source)

2014 Mignanelli Nelson Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

92 Points

13.4% alc., $36. Vineyard planted in 1999 at 1700 feet elevation in sandstone rock and marine sedimentary soils. Clones 115 and “828.” Native fermentation, 75% whole cluster, aged in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose enthralls with aromas of black cherry, dark berry and spice. Noticeable attack and mid palate presence of mid weight plus boysenberry and plum fruits that saturate the taste senses. The density of fruit is evident and the high percentage of whole cluster really compliments this wine creating textural fullness and interest as well as subtle floral and spice notes. The tannins are quite modest and the wine has open arms even at this young age.

Reviewed December 1, 2016


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14’ Nelson Vineyard, Pinot Noir

                    91 Points

14’ KW Vineyard, Pinot Noir

90 Points


14’ Nelson Vineyard, Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

90 Points

Year’s Best U.S. Chardonnay, Best Buy, Wine & Spirits Magazine, October 2016


13’ Highlands Ranch Pinot Noir

94 Points

"Editors Choice"

A whopping deal at under $30, this shows seductive and intriguing aromas of cherry tomato, chopped oregano, thyme, tomato lead, incense, rose petals and hibiscus. There's iron and cherry pit at the tip of the sip, which settles into mace, allspice and cinnamon, ever­evolving throughout the plum fruit flavors in the glass. — M.K. Published 3/1/2016 

13’ KW Vineyard Pinot Noir

92 Points


Aromas of black raspberry, black cherry and a cinnamon spice are laid across a slate­ driven minerality on the nose of this bottling. It's plush on the sip, with hibiscus and raspberry notes, lifted by pepper, camphor and white sage elements.
— M.K. Published 3/1/2016


2013 Mignanelli Highlands Ranch Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

92 Points

Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Very pleasant scent of cherry pie glaze, baking spices and dark red rose petal. Plush and velvety on the palate, with a generous charge of well ripened black cherry and black raspberry fruits with a wink of dark chocolate accent. Whole cluster plays only a subtle role in this wine which has beautifully integrated tannins and acidity. The seductive mouthfeel and seamless character speaks loudly of Pinot Noir.

Reviewed November 5, 2015

 

2013 Mignanelli KW Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

91 Points

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is filled with delightful cherry and spice perfume. Well-composed, with the mid weight essence of black cherry and blackberry fruits working in harmony with a light touch of oak. Whole cluster adds a spice and floral accent that I find very appealing. The wine is well structured with ripe fruit tannins and finishes with a generous fruit presence.

Reviewed November 5, 2015

2013 Mignanelli Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

89 Points

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens slowly to reveal very appealing aromas of dark red cherry and raspberry with notes of exotic spice and wilted rose petal. Lighter in weight, but flavorful, featuring a core of red cherry, Damsel plum, raspberry and cranberry fruits accented nicely with whole cluster spice. This rather delicate wine has balanced tannins and bright acidity with oak playing a seasoning role in the background. The finish is a bit short, but otherwise the wine is solid and will particularly attract whole cluster fans. 

Reviewed November 5, 2015

2013 Mignanelli Romas Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

91 Points

Moderate reddish purple hue in the glass. There is a nice compliment of whole cluster goodness in this mid weight wine featuring aromas of charred plum, black cherry and exotic spice, and flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, spice and a thread of oak. Texturally appealing with fine grain tannins and a bit of citrus blessed acidity in the background.

Reviewed November 5, 2015