2012 Mt Carmel Estate Pinot Noir Blocks 3,5
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"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 quite a bit more ripeness and pure resonance than Matt Dees`s other wines. 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." 93 + points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
"Leading off the reds, 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.
Another Matt Dees project, with Ruben Solorzano managing the vineyard, Mail Road Wines is focused exclusively on the Mount Carmel Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, and they have long-term contracts on 3-4 different blocks. These beauties will knock your socks off and they were easily some of the top wines I was able to taste for this report! The 2013s, which were all tasted out of barrel, should be close in quality to the 2012s." 95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.