2015 Woodruff Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Woodruff Vineyard
California: Central Coast: Santa Cruz Mountains
WInD GAP DAY
Happy Cyber Monday Operatives!
“Wind Gap Wines are honest, authentic and compelling wines from special places.” – Sonoma Magazine
As the biggest day of the year, we have for you a unique marathon of insane deals, all by celebrity winemaker Pax Mahle’s discontinued Wind Gap project. When we tasted through these wines, one common denominator stood out, they are simply singular. The wine world is drowning in more of the same, so wines that truly stand out with screaming personalities as these are what we the Spies thrive on. It’s our manifesto to uncover unmatched quality at unheard of prices.
Now buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Make sure you are tuned in all day as there will be a new Wind Gap popping up frequently and they will sell out.
Stephen Tanzer of Antonio Galloni’s Vinous claims; “To say that Pax Mahle and his team are wine freaks would be an understatement. Mahle’s experience with great wines would make the most jaded collector drool and his years as a sommelier in top restaurants and as a retail buyer help to bring ‘good perspective,’ as he says, to his own wines. Mahle approaches his wines with no preconceptions and attempts to stand as far out of their way as possible but is not averse to using new oak when he believes it’s appropriate. Some wines get up to 70% new wood while others get none at all. He often vinifies whole clusters ‘for the aromatic expression they bring,’ and bottles without fining or filtration.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say on Wind Gap:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Antonio Galloni - “Readers who have not yet discovered Wind Gap owe it to themselves to do so. These are some of the most gorgeous, nuanced wines being made in California today. The Wind Gap wines achieve that elusive balance of depth without excess heaviness. I was deeply impressed with the range I tasted and can’t recommend these wines highly enough.”
Vinous – Antonio Galloni - “This lineup from Wind Gap and Pax Mahle is full of highlights. The 2014 Pinots in particular are striking. Readers will find a number of new wines in the lineup, including the Mi-Pente, a barrel selection Pinot, and Soif, an affordable red blend made to be enjoyed young. As always, the Wind Gap style emphasizes freshness and energy… more often than not, Mahle gets it right. When he does, the results are compelling.”
Here’s what the wine press has to say on this wine:
93 Points – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous - “The 2015 Pinot Noir Woodruff Vineyard is bright and nicely focused, with the aromatic lift and perfume that have always been its main signatures. Bold red stone fruit, rose petal and subtle earthy notes are all laced together, with an extra kick of brightness coming from the 100% whole clusters. In some vintages, the Woodruff can lean towards the more savory end of things, but in 2015 it is the purity of the red-toned fruit that is front and center. Drink now-2022.”
Deep ruby with a scarlet rim.
Bright and nicely focused, with the aromatic lift and perfume that have always been its main signatures.
Bold red stone fruit, rose petal and subtle earthy notes are all laced together, with an extra kick of brightness coming from the 100% whole clusters.
In some vintages, the Woodruff can lean towards the more savory end of things, but in 2015 it is the purity of the red-toned fruit that is front and center.
What the Winery Says
- Pax Mahle
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Santa Cruz Mountains
- Woodruff Vineyard
- 12 months
- 25% new French oak
- 4 barrels