My first whiff of this took me back instantly to my early days of RRV. It had that burnt heady perfume, fat clover and dark cherry that swung my chub toward Sonoma. Breathing out, it becomes far crisper and greener, tainted with rusty steel and river rocks, with fruit following a direct pie-cherry and dried cranberry path through broken shafts of wild lettuce and pussy willow.
I am not familiar with Mission Ranch and don’t know where it is. Obviously–outside of SLH and Arroyo Seco–a straight-labelled “Monterey Co” can be a tough sell, as a lot of hardened pinotphiles see them as shallow and short-skirted, or blowing themselves on entry and not pulling through for the meaningful participants. This is NOT the case here. Nuanced and original, clean ruling funky, an infinitely-pleasurable sipper bringing a little pepper and sweat for everyone involved.
2015 TIMBRE WINERY Pinot Noir ‘Opening Act’ Arroyo Seco Monterey Co. 13.9