Madson wines are rooted in respect for nature and the vineyard. Farming quality wine grapes is our highest priority. We do not own or make wine from any "estate" vineyards. Instead, we farm an assemblage of vineyards that are singular and profound in their delivery of fruit. We work hand-in-hand with our growers, cultivating not only vines but a collaborative expression of origin in our wines. With careful observation and meticulous farming practices we eliminate the necessity for over-manipulation in the winery.
This Pinot Noir comes from Toyon Vineyard on the Santa Cruz Mountains’ southwestern slope. Only 3 miles from the ocean, this vineyard is largely impacted by cool ocean wind and the marine layer that rolls in from the Monterey Bay. During the growing season, ocean fog often lingers above the vines for the entire day. At 480 ft of elevation, the vineyard is planted on Purisima formation which includes sandstone, siltstone and mudstone. The sandy loam holds just enough nutrients and water for balanced ripening.
95 pts Wine Enthusiast. only 75 cases produced!
aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, mushroom, tar, potpourri, game, damp concrete, medium bodied palate with stony mineral grip, jammy red berries, plums, bergamot, delicate tannins, present but integrated oak influence
region: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
varietal: Pinot Noir
farming/cellar: organic, 100% whole clusters, fermenters kept cold for 3-5 days, before allowing the fermenters to warm up to room temperature and ferment spontaneously on native yeast, pressed after 18 days on skins to 33% new french oak barriques for about 10 months. Unfined and unfiltered minimal so2.