Montsecano Pinot Noir 2017

750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  10639

The top wine is the eponymous 2017 Montsecano, which was cropped from a challenging year with low yields due to frost. They also used a higher percentage of full clusters in the fermentation. I get more ripeness and more relevance of the fruit here. There is no irrigation here, and the grapes get concentrated, even if the alcohol is lower. This has more concentration, depth, power and potential - it's very fine but discreet, a little shy and in need of time in bottle. There is an extra dimension here compared with Refugio, and it's juicy, with perfectly ripe tannins. The difference is that they had so very little grapes that they had to use two 700-liter concrete eggs, where the fermentation temperature never reached above 20 degrees Celsius; so, the fermentation was also very slow, akin to cooking at low temperature in a cocotte instead of in the microwave. This has incredible aging potential - it's still super young and primary, and André Ostertag described it as the proverbial iron fist in a velvet glove. It has a tasty, almost salty finish. Only 1,500 bottles were produced from two small concrete eggs, because they had almost no grapes! It was bottled in February, before the 2018 harvest. Drink Date: 2018-2024. Score - 95. (Luis Gutiérrez,, Oct. 31, 2018)