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2014 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir

95 Points - WRO

A mélange of berry, currant, and orange peel backed by herbs, sandalwood, and eastern spices. The tight core of acidity and fine, integrated tannins sail to a long finish.

Purchase

$60.00 per Bottle
 

Description

A portion of the wine fermented in open-top tanks, another portion in closed-top tanks, and a small fraction fermented in rotator barrels, using 25% whole clusters in total. The wine was cold-soaked for seven days, and fermentation lasted two weeks yielding three weeks of total maceration. For the open-top tanks a mixture of punch-downs and pump-overs were used, along with two rack-and-returns during the course of fermentation, whereas the closed-top tanks were pumped over with rack-and-returns as needed. For the barrel fermentations, the barrels were spun twice daily, and rack-and-returns were performed on select barrels as needed. The wine aged 18 months in barrel, 13% of which was new French oak. The lengthy finish promises enjoyment now through at least 2029.

Ratings

95 points - Wine Review Online (RC)
Most Pinot Noir makers will tell you that the goal is to carefully nurture the wine in the vineyard, and then not mess it up in the winery. This wine hits the mark really nicely, with minimal intervention and only 13% new oak allowing the vineyard to speak clearly, resulting in very complex aroma and flavor profiles that include ripe strawberry, black and blue berries, citrus zest, herbs and Asian spices. It's got racy acidity and a sturdy backbone that says 5 to 10 years of aging will bring an elegant lady to life. Fullerton is a fairly new player, and one to watch. Well done!
92 points - International Wine Report
91 points - Vinous

Download Wine Notes
Vintage 2014
Varietal Pinot Noir
Appellation McMinnville
Acid TA 5.4 g/L
PH 3.38
Aging 13% new French oak
Alcohol % 13.5
Size 750 ml