Joyce Pinot Noir Submarine Canyon Monterey County 2016
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Raised on a small family farm in Wisconsin, Francis Joyce came to Monterey in the early 1970s to pursue a career in auto racing. As the story goes, in the 80s he acquired several 'pirated' cuttings from European vineyards and set of shop to grow grapes and continued farming as he pursued a new career in dentistry. Son and current winemaker Russell grew up in the vineyards and developed a passion for winemaking as he started to take more of the reigns at the property.
These folks are all about 'transparency' of the vineyard, though with them it isn't just lip service. They harvest a little on the earlier side so that the grapes are at a stage where the ripeness level does not require them to get manipulative in the cellar while showcasing the crisp lines of the cooler parts of Monterey. The wine has an extended stay on the lees but is done in entire neutral oak. The resulting wine in this case is a blend that show the lifted fresh fruit and crunchy flavors they feel is the region's best expression. Joyce Pinot Noir Submarine Canyon Monterey County 2016, is a blend of clones and vineyards and named for the Monterrey Bay Submarine Canyon which is the deepest such 'trench' on the West Coast. High-toned flavors of dried strawberry, cranberry, rhubarb, and a crisp edge of saline minerality are highlights of this 'cool customer' of a wine that still has plenty of flesh and packs 14% alcohol.