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Date Printed: 4/25/2015
McIntyre Estate Block K-1 2009
McIntyre Estate Block K-1 2009
(search item no. 111660)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/25/2015: $34.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This fruit ripened several days earlier than the un-thinned part of the vineyard, and analytically (sugar, acid, etc.) the resulting juice was not very different from the other part of the vineyard, but the resulting wine was richer and better in several ways. It wasn't that the wine tasted riper - it was rather that the wine had more flavor. In fact, it was a little higher in acidity, but also had a minerality that was quite compelling and, frankly, a surprise. We liked it so much that we picked out four barrels that seemed especially good and, voila, we have this wine.
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About McIntyre Vineyards:

The McIntyre estate vineyard is located in the central section of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Originally planted by the McFarland family in 1973, it boasts some of the Highlands oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. A 1979 Pinot Noir from the vineyard, under the Stony Hill label, is still regarded as one of the finest early varietally-labeled Pinots from the district.

Early bud break and fruit set are one of the advantages of McIntyres highland location. Mid-season leaf pulling and other canopy management techniques help focus the vine's efforts. Harvest on the McIntyre estate typically begins in mid-September and can run to late October. The McIntyre family employs sustainable viticultural practices on the home estate, through the use of biodiverse systems and cover crops.