This is a venture by 3 partners, Matt Dees, Michael Palmer and Ron Piazza. A very limited release of Santa Barbara's new Cult Pinot Noir. The winemaker is Matt Dees known for his skills at Jonata & The Hilt (two wineries owned by the Screaming Eagle winery owner.)
Mail Road 2018 Mount Carmel Santa Rita Hills
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Antonio Galloni (Vinous) 97 Points: "A dazzling wine, the 2018 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard possesses magnificent richness to match its statuesque personality. The flavors are rich, bold and ample, and yet the 2018 retains so much nuance and vibrancy. Inky red/purplish fruit, lavender, graphite and spice build into the huge, resonant finish. What a wine. The 2018 was done with 6% whole clusters and was aged in a combination of one and two-year-old barrels…Ronald Piazza and Michal Palmer own Mail Road and the Mt. Carmel Vineyard, one of the top sites in California for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Winemaker Matt Dees sure knows how to get the most out of this fruit. The wines I tasted are off the charts.
Jeb Dunnuck 96 Points: "The 2018 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel Vineyard is more floral and exotic, with a thrilling core of black raspberry and wild strawberry fruits supported by candied orange, violet, flowery incense, and assorted spices. These all carry to a vibrant, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a classic, focused spine of acidity, a more rounded mouthfeel, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's another gorgeous wine. Drink bottles any time over the coming 10-12 years or so."
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