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2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Magnum Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Vineyard Designation
Mardikian Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 6, 19 & 24, 2014
Sugar
22.7 & 25.0 Brix
Acid
.54 gms/100ml
pH
3.62
Aging
Aged sur lie 16 months in French oak, 35% new
Bottling Date
February 23, 2016
Alcohol %
14.5

2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Magnum

Sonoma Coast

Planted in 2008 to a careful selection of 8 clones and 2 rootstocks chosen to offer a distinct level of flavor and complexity and intrigue.  Stepp slopes of well drained, fine samdy loam are often shrouded in a maritime blanket of fog that begins to burn off just about noon, which allows for extended hang time and builds in extra complexity to the wines.

93+ Points - Wine Advocate

 

In Stock
Add To Cart
$210.00
 
SKU: 16MPMKPN1

The Mardikian Estate is not only a standout, it is our flagship; I approach each wine with precision - the vineyard brings all the complexity and the oak should simply be the background and support the fruit, not take the lead role.  On this vintage, delicate aromas of perfumed rose petal and black cherry lift from the glass and are met with hints of smoky oak.  There is energy and tension on the palate as black fruits and notes of grilled meats envelop well-structured and elegant tannins.  In tandem, elements of Bing cherry and bergamot deliver a subtle acidity that provides the backbone to complete the wine.

WINEMAKING
• Pinot Noir grapes were hand-picked and hand sorted in the field and at the winery
• 100% De-stemmed - whole berries to fermenter
• 100% Native Fermentation
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 2016
• Aged sur lie 11 months - 38% New French Oak

PRODUCTION
100% Pinot Noir
395 hand-crafted cases

CLONES
Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, 2A, Martini, Pommard

 

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
~ 92 - 94 Points, "Outstanding" / "“Wonderful cherry and a bit of eucalyptus. Wow. Needs to settle down a bit, but this is going to be ablockbuster.” - Jeff Kralik, The Drunken Cyclist
Awards
~ 93 Points, "Outstanding" / “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Heavenly scents of raspberry, black cherry and dried herbs lead off. Sleek, refined and polished in the mouth, with both weight of flavor and weightlessness. Savory spices and herbs complement the red cherry and berry essence. Not the biggest hunk, but very seductive.” - Rusty Gaffney, PInotFile
Vineyard Notes
~ 92 Points, "Highly Recommended" / “An estate-grown vineyard designate, this impressive offering is smooth in cherry, berry and clove, with wisps of black pepper dancing around its edges. The finish is long and spicy. It’s complex yet fun, and will do well at the table though it’s also easy enough to enjoy on its own.” - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
Production Notes
~ 91 Points, "Exceptional" / "Provoking said La Folie’s Rob Renteria of this wine, noting that is white peppercorn aroma reminded him of Rhône reds as much as Pinot Noir. It comes from a coastal site that MacPhail planted in 2008. The wine feels plump and sweet at first, almost like Grenache, but finishes with resolutely coastal savor. Its wild aromas of smoke, damp undergrowth and – yes – peppercorn would match grilled quail.” - Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits
Winemaker Notes
~ 91 Points, "Very Highly Recommended" / “Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, cherry fruit aroma with hints of Asian spices; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, elegant, red fruit flavors with some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable now, though best to age for a few more years.” - Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine
Food Pairing Notes
~ 90 Points, "Without Flaws" / “This bottling, with its first aromas of pert red cherries, sympathetic oak and whiffs of brush and its early firm, almost lithe feel on the palate with hints of a more supple texture to come, may lack for a bit of boldness but has both clear focus and the great potential for future beauty on the positive side of its ledger. While it is not designed for the long term, it could use three to five years [of aging].” - Charles Olken, Connoisseur's Guide To California Wine ~ A- / "Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of marijuana resin and raspberries. In the mouth, raspberry and raspberry leaf flavors are suffused with a strong sinsemilla flavor that is remarkable, and very appealing. Good acidity and length." - Alder Yarrow, Vinography ~ “Day One: Quiet, undemonstrative, a wine in its shell. Seemingly little fruit or extract, no earth nor herbs. The grape is hiding while the barrel sings a solo. Day Two: Expressive and floral, redolent of purple flowers, almost lavender, rose hips and beach rose, wild roses. The body now offers a coffee savoriness, a darkness with a fetching acid-bitter etch. The fruit is like cranberries steeped in black coffee, and the tingly acidity is enlivening, profound. Ergo: Give it air now, or lay it down for a few years.” - Meg Houston Maker, Maker's Table
Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: The third release of our only Estate vineyard realizes the dream of having eight stellar Pinot Clones in the wine, the first time this has happened. Mardikian is a thinking person’s wine, contemplative if you will, rich and opulent and not prone to showing off. This is the true Sonoma Coast, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and the maritime influences show. The salty air descends each day on the vineyard, leaving a distinctive and easily recognizable signature. Aromas of Asian Five Spice leave an exotic impression, followed by dark raspberry and plum and tasty down under style black licorice. The vineyard is only in its sixth leaf, so each new vintage offering is truly something special, an evolving tale that is wonderful to explore and experience.
2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Magnum Image
2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Magnum Image

2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Magnum

Sonoma Coast

Planted in 2008 to a careful selection of 8 clones and 2 rootstocks chosen to offer a distinct level of flavor and complexity and intrigue.  Stepp slopes of well drained, fine samdy loam are often shrouded in a maritime blanket of fog that begins to burn off just about noon, which allows for extended hang time and builds in extra complexity to the wines.

93+ Points - Wine Advocate

 

Add To Cart
$210.00
 
SKU: 16MPMKPN1
In Stock

The Mardikian Estate is not only a standout, it is our flagship; I approach each wine with precision - the vineyard brings all the complexity and the oak should simply be the background and support the fruit, not take the lead role.  On this vintage, delicate aromas of perfumed rose petal and black cherry lift from the glass and are met with hints of smoky oak.  There is energy and tension on the palate as black fruits and notes of grilled meats envelop well-structured and elegant tannins.  In tandem, elements of Bing cherry and bergamot deliver a subtle acidity that provides the backbone to complete the wine.

WINEMAKING
• Pinot Noir grapes were hand-picked and hand sorted in the field and at the winery
• 100% De-stemmed - whole berries to fermenter
• 100% Native Fermentation
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered August 2016
• Aged sur lie 11 months - 38% New French Oak

PRODUCTION
100% Pinot Noir
395 hand-crafted cases

CLONES
Clones 114, 115, 667, 777, 2A, Martini, Pommard

 

Vintage
2014
Sugar
22.7 & 25.0 Brix
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Acid
.54 gms/100ml
Bottling Date
February 23, 2016
Vineyard Designation
Mardikian Vineyard
Aging
Aged sur lie 16 months in French oak, 35% new
Alcohol %
14.5
Harvest Date
September 6, 19 & 24, 2014

Tasting Notes
~ 92 - 94 Points, "Outstanding" / "“Wonderful cherry and a bit of eucalyptus. Wow. Needs to settle down a bit, but this is going to be ablockbuster.” - Jeff Kralik, The Drunken Cyclist

Awards
~ 93 Points, "Outstanding" / “Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Heavenly scents of raspberry, black cherry and dried herbs lead off. Sleek, refined and polished in the mouth, with both weight of flavor and weightlessness. Savory spices and herbs complement the red cherry and berry essence. Not the biggest hunk, but very seductive.” - Rusty Gaffney, PInotFile

Vineyard Notes
~ 92 Points, "Highly Recommended" / “An estate-grown vineyard designate, this impressive offering is smooth in cherry, berry and clove, with wisps of black pepper dancing around its edges. The finish is long and spicy. It’s complex yet fun, and will do well at the table though it’s also easy enough to enjoy on its own.” - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

Production Notes
~ 91 Points, "Exceptional" / "Provoking said La Folie’s Rob Renteria of this wine, noting that is white peppercorn aroma reminded him of Rhône reds as much as Pinot Noir. It comes from a coastal site that MacPhail planted in 2008. The wine feels plump and sweet at first, almost like Grenache, but finishes with resolutely coastal savor. Its wild aromas of smoke, damp undergrowth and – yes – peppercorn would match grilled quail.” - Josh Greene, Wine & Spirits

Winemaker Notes
~ 91 Points, "Very Highly Recommended" / “Medium-light to medium ruby; attractive, fragrant, spicy, cherry fruit aroma with hints of Asian spices; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, elegant, red fruit flavors with some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium tannin; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable now, though best to age for a few more years.” - Nicholas Ponomareff, California Grapevine

Food Pairing Notes
~ 90 Points, "Without Flaws" / “This bottling, with its first aromas of pert red cherries, sympathetic oak and whiffs of brush and its early firm, almost lithe feel on the palate with hints of a more supple texture to come, may lack for a bit of boldness but has both clear focus and the great potential for future beauty on the positive side of its ledger. While it is not designed for the long term, it could use three to five years [of aging].” - Charles Olken, Connoisseur's Guide To California Wine ~ A- / "Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of marijuana resin and raspberries. In the mouth, raspberry and raspberry leaf flavors are suffused with a strong sinsemilla flavor that is remarkable, and very appealing. Good acidity and length." - Alder Yarrow, Vinography ~ “Day One: Quiet, undemonstrative, a wine in its shell. Seemingly little fruit or extract, no earth nor herbs. The grape is hiding while the barrel sings a solo. Day Two: Expressive and floral, redolent of purple flowers, almost lavender, rose hips and beach rose, wild roses. The body now offers a coffee savoriness, a darkness with a fetching acid-bitter etch. The fruit is like cranberries steeped in black coffee, and the tingly acidity is enlivening, profound. Ergo: Give it air now, or lay it down for a few years.” - Meg Houston Maker, Maker's Table

Other Notes
TASTING NOTES: The third release of our only Estate vineyard realizes the dream of having eight stellar Pinot Clones in the wine, the first time this has happened. Mardikian is a thinking person’s wine, contemplative if you will, rich and opulent and not prone to showing off. This is the true Sonoma Coast, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, and the maritime influences show. The salty air descends each day on the vineyard, leaving a distinctive and easily recognizable signature. Aromas of Asian Five Spice leave an exotic impression, followed by dark raspberry and plum and tasty down under style black licorice. The vineyard is only in its sixth leaf, so each new vintage offering is truly something special, an evolving tale that is wonderful to explore and experience.

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