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Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir, 2021

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California - United States
Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz
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From the Grower
"We are reminded of dried ripe red chiles, black pepper and slow-roasted purple ube on the nose. On the palate there is fruit and tannin balance reminiscent of fresh Alpine strawberries, and a hint of redwood spice"
vineyard Vineyard
  • Organic / Biodynamic (uncertified)
  • Average age of vines: 15
cellar Cellar
  • Fermented spontaneously using low-intervention
  • Sulphites: Low sulphites: 25 mg/L
  • Fining (clarification): Unfined
  • Filtering: Unfiltered
  • Suitable for Vegans and vegetarians
  • Alcohol: 12.6%
  • Residual sugar: <1 g/L
  • Vessel type: Wood - Old oak
  • Bottle weight: 440

Additional Information

This cuvée is comprised of organically farmed Pinot Noir sourced from Toyon Vineyard and Meadowridge Vineyard. While Toyon has southerly exposure, Meadowridge faces northeast. Both are located on the ocean-exposed foothills of the western Santa Cruz Mountains, at about 500 ft elevation on the Purisima Formation. The cool ocean influence permits a longer growing season than much of California, and we can achieve phenolic maturity while retaining natural acidity. This cuvée was fermented in many small lots as single vineyards and later blended - we simply place the fruit in small open top fermenters as 100% whole clusters. We keep the fermenters cold for 3-5 days, before allowing them to warm up to room temperature and ferment spontaneously on native yeast. The ferments are treated as individuals and each is tasted daily to assess the maceration and extraction. We pressed after 11-18 days on skins to neutral French oak barriques. Elevage is ~9 months on lees. This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Please expect some solids in the bottle especially with age. ~546 cases produced
Madson Wines, a collaboration between viticulturist Ken Swegles and winemaker Cole Thomas, is committed to expressing the terroir of small vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. With Swegles’ devotion to organic and biodynamic viticulture and Thomas’ light-handed vinification the two have created a voice in their wines that is unobscured, elegant and precise.
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