The Riverview Vineyard has an unmistakable signature, an aromatic and textural thread that runs through all of our wines. Our 2017 Pinot Noir is defined by its pure fruit and impeccable balance. The nose includes black cherries, raspberries and currants with a twist of vanilla underneath. The palate is clean, plush, and structured with ample weight and a blast of bright red fruit. The finish is silky and elegant.
Wine & Vineyard Notes
Our estate Riverview Vineyard is a 340-acre, cold-climate (Region 1), sustainably farmed, benchland property that overlooks the Salinas River. It is situated on the east side of the Salinas Valley just below the Pinnacles National Park. This property features granitic soils, great exposure and little protection from the strong winds that scrub the valley every afternoon. It is planted to an assortment of varieties, clones and rootstocks speciﬁcally matched to the various micro-climates, soils and aspects of the terrain. The namesake Metz Road runs alongside the property.
The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning hours, brought to the winery and carefully destemmed to preserve the whole berries. Fermentation was done in small, open-top tanks with punch-downs three times a day to gently extract color and tannins. A portion of the must was un-inoculated so the native vineyard microflora could initiate fermentation. Other lots were inoculated with various isolated vineyard non-saccharomyces yeasts as well as select Burgundian strains. After fermentation, the wine was pressed into a stainless-steel tank for settling, then racked to 100% French oak barrels (35% new) for 15 months. The final blend was a selection of only our top barrels.
Our philosophy behind Metz Road is simple: craft a single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that exemplify the best of Monterey. Metz Road was created out of our desire to express the unique terroir of a single vineyard site. Each vintage, we select the top vineyard block to craft a wine that is true to the varietal and perfectly embodies the site-specific characteristics, the soul, of the vineyard.
With 11 estate vineyards, we are blessed with an amazing selection of acres to work with from vintage to vintage. In fact, we use less than 1% of the grapes we grow for our Metz Road wines. The vines are farmed for ultra-premium quality and the grapes are hand-picked at optimum ripeness in the early morning. In the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, the juice is fermented in small lots and the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels. Our mantra is gentle handling and minimal intervention, allowing the distinctive terroir of a single vineyard site to shine.
Santa Lucia Highlands Braves the Heat in 2017 (Nov 2019),
11/1/2019, 90 points
(Metz Road Winery Pinot Noir Riverview Vineyard Central Coast Red) Light vivid red. Fresh red berry and floral aromas are complemented by a spicy nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Shows good heft as well as energy to the strawberry, cherry and candied rose flavors, which take a sweet turn on the back half. Finishes supple and quite long, with repeating red fruit character and smooth, harmonious tannins that add grip to a lingering red fruit note. (Drink between 2021-2027)
88 Points. From a vineyard on the eastside of the Salinas River, this bottling begins with aromas of baked cherry, smoked meats and cardamom dust. It’s a tad thin on the palate, but offers pleasing flavors of cranberry, smoked beef and hibiscus. MK 9/1/20
I would certainly suggest this for someone who needs a quality house Pinot Noir, PN table wine, or PN budget cellar defender. My experience is with the previous vintage. For Pinot Noir, hard to get good on a budget; casemates proves otherwise here. We drank our last 2016 a few weeks ago, and were of course pleased.
I’ll be passing because I’ve got a strict budget, and just stocked up on budget whites (here), and am in the red. I’ve got a couple Onesta Cinsaults and some of those Beaujolais from last month, for my PNish cellar defending for the next few months. Must . . . have . . . discipline. . .