Mirabai Pinot Noir 2014


The 2014 Mirabai is a cuvee of fourteen barrels of my blocks at Maresh Vineyard-Block 1 (1974), Block 2 (1978), the Old Block (1970), the Long Rows (1970), and Block 8 (1978), all on their own roots- and two barrels of my blocks of Momtazi Vineyard- Blocks C and B (1999). This Mirabai is a bit darker in colour than the 2013 bottling, but it is lighter than medium red and pleasingly light-filled. A continuum of deep pinks shine transparently in the glass. Now that it has been since 2009 for this cuvee, I think there is a Mirabai-ness that comes through each vintage: looking back on my notes for this wine over the years, I find many of the same words. This one reminds me of being in a field of sun-warmed Hood strawberries after a June rain. The field in its wholeness.The mouth has the classic, enduring Maresh silk with a lovely weight without the heaviness. It has more of a powdery soft minerality than the typical wet stone kind of Momtazi. There is a slight salinity. An ocean-y feeling not unlike when the heavy rainclouds roll into the vineyard from the Pacific bring the smell and taste of fresh sea air. The 2014 is as fresh-feeling as that, with lots of beautiful energy and the knowing that comes from old vines. It is long and sits with you even as it moves.