Mail Road Wines

The very exciting Mail Road Winery is a relatively recent project put together by Ron Piazza, who owns Mount Carmel Vineyard, Michael Palmer and winemaker Matt Dees. The Mount Carmel Vineyard lies immediately north of the Santa Ynez River, at the eastern end of the Santa Rita Hills. The vineyard is heavily and uniquely influenced by its combination of elevation (800-1000 feet above sea level) and soil composition (loose, well-drained limestone, botella clay, diatomaceous earth, calcareous deposits and sandy loam) and the vines are now reaching an interesting 30 years of age, having been planted in 1989. There are 6 different blocks and the cuvées made at Mail Road are inspired by these blocks. These are some of the most thrilling wines we have tasted from California and we are delighted to have a much sought after allocation.

Website: www.mailroadwines.com

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  • "High elevation and limestone soils mark Mt Carmel Vineyard out. The vines are dry-farmed and the result is wonderful: ripe fruit only just peeks though on the nose, an aromatic notion of ripe yellow apple with lemon brightness, surrounded by echoes of smoky hazelnut. The palate resprises this theme, and everything is still taut and dew-fresh, it seems. This is precise, concentrated and elegant; its considerable force is brought into enviable poise. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035" 95 points, Anne Krebiehl MW, Decanter

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    Similar to the Mt Carmel 3 5 bottling, except with more tension and vibrancy, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard spent 16 months in 33% new French oak, with the balance all in neutral oak, before being bottled unfiltered in March, 2015. It offers lots of rose petal, sappy underbrush and liquid-rock characteristics to go with ample cassis and black cherry fruit. Thrillingly textured, pure and seamless, with medium-bodied richness and depth, this is a sensational Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills that stays fresh and vibrant without making any concessions to fruit or texture. It will have 10-15 years of overall longevity. " 96 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.

  • "Fleshing out beautifully since I tasted it from barrel last year, the 2013 Pinot Noir Mt Carmel Vineyard 3 5 offers lots of minerality and saltiness to go with darker-based fruits, crushed violets and cassis. Slightly reserved aromatically, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a supple, expansive texture and a big finish. Fermented with a tiny 5% whole-cluster and aged 11 months in 48% new French oak, it`s an incredible Pinot Noir that has no problem standing beside the more expensive Mt Carmel bottling. Drink it anytime over the coming decade." 95 points, Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate.

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