VOLUME 10, ISSUE 18
September 29, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Willamette Valley’s 50th Anniversary: A New Look at the Old Guard Pinot Briefs
A small grower in the Santa Lucia Highlands started a new label with the 2011 vintage. Mansfield-Dunne Wines is the culmination of a ten year effort to secure land in the Santa Lucia Highlands with the goal of growing premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and produce wine from those grapes.
The second release is a 2011 Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir that comes entirely from the family owned estate Peterson Vineyard (239 cases). The vineyard is 8.8 acres planted to Dijon clones "828," 667, and 115, and Pommard 5. The winemaker is veteran Ed Kurtzman.
The goal is to increase production to at least 500 cases. 1.1 acres of Chardonnay were added in 2011 at Peterson Vineyard, and a second property is under development in the Santa Lucia Highlands.
Articles About Mansfield-Dunne
2013 Mansfield-Dunne Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., pH 3.74, TA 0.59, 340 cases, $48. Winemaker Ed Kurtzman. Clones “828,” 667, Pommard 5, 115 and 777. Aged 13 months in French oak barrels, 67% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas of black raspberry preserves, plum, spice and rose petal are inviting. Very charming and polished, with a mid weight core of black cherry and raspberry fruit accented with spice and a tug of oak. Easy to like, with supple tannins and a finish that has length and juicy intensity. Even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine is certainly enjoyable now, but further aging will allow more expression and better oak integration. Score: 91. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 Mansfield-Dunne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.1% alc., 285 cases, pH 3.72, TA 0.60, $36. Clones 667, 115, 777 and Pommard 5. Aged 11 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Winemaker is Ed Kurtzman. · Light garnet color in the glass. Highly floral on the nose with cherries in the background. Demure and delicate, featuring red cherry and berry flavors. Soft and silky with unobtrusive tannins and easy drink ability. Score: 87. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2012 Mansfield-Dunne Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.60, 325 cases, $48. Clones “828,” 667, Pomard 5, 115 and 777. Aged 1 months in 50% new French oak barrels. Winemaker is Ed Kurtzman. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. An array of red fruits perk up the nose. Elegant and silky on the palate with vibrant red cherry and cranberry fruits framed by exotic spices. Charming, with modest tannins and some finishing goodness. A very delicate and forward style that is unique for Santa Lucia Highlands. Score: 90. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
2011 Mansfield-Dunne Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.0% alc., pH 3.72, TA 0.60, 238 cases, $48. Released March 15, 2013. Produced entirely from a family owned estate vineyard. Second vintage. Clones “828,” 667, Pommard 5, 115 and 777. Aged 11 months in 40% new French oak barrels. Winemaker is veteran Ed Kurtzman. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. A seductive wine offering bright aromas of fresh strawberries and cherries with a hint of spice and oak. Embraces the mid palate with vivid flavors of cherries, red raspberries, cranberries, nougat and spice. Silky tannins and balanced acidity make for a seamless drinking experience. This wine charms you in many ways. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 ARTICLE »
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