93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2015
Gold Medal - Pinot Noir Shootout, 2015
In the heart of the Arroyo Seco, the Griva Vineyard is found in the region’s ancient riverbed channel and the property itself is bifurcated by the seasonal creek. The terrain is a place where sandy, well-drained surface soil meets hard pan subsoil just below the surface. The howling winds and foggy mornings makes an ideal location for the cultivation of these distinct grapes.
The Pinot Noir was hand-harvested on the mornings of October 4th (“Dijon” clones 667 & 777) and 10th (“heritage” clones 4 & 13) of 2012. At the winery, the fruit was gently crushed and de-stemmed with the must racked to small macro-bins. Coldsoaked for two days the must was inoculated (Bourgovin) and spent an average of twelve days on its skins extracting color and favors. During this period the rising caps were re-submerged by hand three times a day. At dryness, the wine was pressed and racked to small 59-gallon French oak barrels where, after being consolidated, it aged for a nearly a year.
A selection of eight distinct barrels, this wine demonstrates the enchanting character of pinot noir grown in the Arroyo Seco. Dark crimson in color, the bouquet features wild raspberry and cherry along with rustic earthy, stone and floral characters in the bouquet. On the palate the favors carry through and the texture is elegantly balanced between supple tannins and bright acidity.
Vineyards: Griva Vineyard
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 20% - Pommard Clone 4
12% - Martini Clone 13
35% - “Dijon” Clone 667
33% - “Dijon” Clone 777
Harvest: October 4 & 10, 2012
Aging: French Oak, 25% New Dargaud Jaegle, Saury & Mercurey
Bottled: September 26, 2013
Production: 185 cases
Mercy Vineyards is the fruition of friendships. Vintners Mark Dirickson and Mike Kohne have known one another for over a decade and have, collectively, been in the wine industry for over 45 years. Their experiences lead them to believe that the regional aspects of the Arroyo Seco AVA make it one of world's ideal growing regions for the wines they produce. Sourcing idyllic fruit, the wines are vinified by Mark and Mike's long-time friend and distinguished winemaker Alan Phillips. Produced in small lots, Alan employs classical winemaking techniques to help enhance the overall character of the Mercy wines.
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