Irony 2014 Pinot Noir, Small Lot Reserve, Monterey
It's hard to imagine winemakers who are more prolific and successful at turning out absolutely stunning value wines than the Indelicatos. As kids, brothers Jay and Chris Indelicato spent hot, dusty days helping their grandfather in the vineyards and growing up around grapes and winemaking 24/7. Now they are experienced vintners with access to a wide swath of quality fruit. For Irony Small Lot Reserve, they're pulling together individual lots of Pinot Noir from theb sub-appellations in Monterey including Santa Lucia, San Bernbe and Arroyo Seco, providing a spectrum of characteristics and flavors. Each lot is vinified separately and aged three months in French and American oak barrels. All lots are tasted blind and the most exceptional are chosen for the final blend. This 2014 received a Platinum Medal and a score of 95 points in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition and in the San Diego Wine Competition with a review of "It's hard to find quality Pinot Noir in this price category, and that means that this wine is a real find. Bright cherry, dry earth minerality and brown spice ride lively acidity through a long, food-friendly finish. Delicato has upped their game significantly."
This is one of the best Pinot Noir wines I have tasted. I have shared it with others and they all agree. It is so good, I ordered a second case to make sure I have it on hand this summer for guests as well as myself.