"In Pursuit of Pinot Perfection"

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Mooney Family

Mooney Family is a “Pinot Passionate” project of Michael and Margene Mooney. Working with some of the top growers of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir and Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.  Michael crafts very limited amounts of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir & Sta. Rita HIlls Pinot Noir and Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay. Their aim, their passion is to produce wines that speak directly to the Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills AVA's and the specific sites where the grapes are grown.  

Critical Acclaim:

Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - June 2017

93 Points  2015 Mooney Family Boekenoogen Vineyard  /  $74  /  250 cases made

"Medium ruby-colored, 2015 Pinot Noir Boekenoogen Vineyard gives up gorgeous red currants, red plums, and mulberry notes with garrigue, Provence herbs, spice cake and black pepper.  The full-bodied palate has a commendable structure of very ripe, fine-grained tannis and plenty of freshness supporting the opulent, spciy flavors, featuring plenty of earth and red fruit preserves, layers, finishing long."   Lisa Perrotti-Brown  (9/29/17)

Wine Enthusiast - November 2016

94 Points & Editor's Choice  2014 Mooney Family Pinot Noir - Boekenoogen Vineyard  /  $68  /  238 cases made

"Brilliant example of how this grape can be done with deft decadence, this bottling reveals aromas of black cherry, crushed clove, nutmeg, smashed slate and tons of forest-floor components, including juniper.  Black plum, mace and dark cinnamon converge on the deliciously rich palate that is bolstered by bursting acidity and big sturcture."   Matt Kettman  (11/1/2016)

Wine Spectator - June 2015

93 Points  2013 Mooney Family - Boekenoogen Vineyard  |  $68  |  180 cases made

"Effusively fruity, dense, rich and concentrated, this is marked by a core of blackberry, wild berry and raspberry.  Full bodied zesty and layered, ending long and complex.  Drink now through 2021."  -  James Laube

Wine Enthusiast - December 2014

94 Points  2012 Mooney Family - Boekenoogen Vineyard  |  $68  |  240 cases made

"Much darker than many other wines of the appellation, this offers a deep, nuanced nose of clove, black soil, tobacco, white sage, violet and deep purple juice.  Soil and pine sap jump out on the palate, where herbs and blackberry swirl into a complex, powerful wine that has tannic structure to drink well into 2020."  Matt Kettman  (12/1/2014)

93 Points  2012 Mooney Family - Vigna Monte Nero  |  $52  |  220 cases made

Inviting aromas of strawberry-vanilla chiffon, cinnamon and a hint of anixe introduce this richly layered wine from the winemaker behind Chateau Margene, who sources these grapes from high up on Vigna Monte Nero.  It's thick and cxreamy on the palate, with deep flavors of black licorice, beet juice and pomegranate reduction sauce.  Matt Kettman  (12/1/2014)