Wine Advocate Mail Road Wines, 2013 Mail Road Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel
"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." –Aug 2015
Vinous Mail Road Wines, 2013 Mail Road Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel
"A reticent, mysterious wine, the 2014 Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel Vineyard isn't ready to show all of its cards just yet. Still, the 2014 is super-impressive today. Broad and ample on the palate, the 2014 doesn't sacrifice any finesse whatsoever in achieving its natural size. Sweet floral notes laced with violet, mint and sage overtones meld into a core of deep, bluish fruits, all with bright veins of salinity that lend freshness and energy. The 2014 is wonderfully complete, even at this early stage, and is shaping up to be a real jewel of a wine."
Mail Road Wines, 2013 Mail Road Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel
The Mt. Carmel vineyard is heavily and uniquely influenced by its combination of elevation (800-1000 feet above sea level), topographical and directional aspect (steep and exposed, due south-facing) and soil composition (loose, well-drained limestone, botella clay, diatomaceous earth, calcareous deposits and sandy loam). Buffeted by strong and constant winds and dramatic variability in day/night temperatures, Mt. Carmel produces exceptional quality fruit, but at near intolerably low volumes.
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.