By Jonathan H. Newman*
Woodenhead Vintners Kent Berry Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2013
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
COUNTRY: United States
APPELLATION: Santa Cruz Mountains
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.80%
REVIEWED ON: November 1, 2016
This wine is made by Nikolai Stez who trained under Burt Williams, at Williams-Selyem. He learned the style of making delicious Pinot Noir from the master and you can see William’s influence on his wines. 2013 was a nice, but low yielding vintage in the Santa Cruz Mountains which was a particularly early harvest. The vines were originally planted by David Bruce and Martin Ray. The vineyard sits atop a 2,100 ft. elevation and is planted in rocky soil. The wine has tangy red fruit with pronounced cranberries, and is also highlighted by red cherries, cinnamon, and red plum. It has touches of red flowers and cherry tarts. Enjoy now and over the next couple of years. Pair with chicken kiev, peking duck, asian cuisine, herb crusted salmon, rare ahi tuna, and crab cakes. 226 cases were produced.
By Woodenhead Cellars
2013 Pinot Noir, Kent Berry Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains
Harvest Date: August 28, 2013
Bottling Date: May 4, 2015
Unfined and Unfiltered
Cases Produced: 226
Martin Ray and David Bruce originally planted this Summit Road Vineyard in Los Gatos (Elevation 2,100 feet).
The 2013 vintage of this Santa Cruz Mountain vineyard Pinot Noir is one of the earliest harvests ever on this particular site. The vines responded to the drought conditions and early Spring by budding very early. Yields were low, the grapes had thicker skins, higher tannins and more mineral backbone, showcasing the high elevation and rugged and rocky site that the vines struggle in.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.