There are two basic kinds of vineyard owners; those who purchased a property for the potential it offered as a vineyard site, and those who decided to plant grapes on a property they already owned. Ed Muns falls into the latter category. His property sits off Loma Prieta Way at a height of 2600 feet, overlooking Monterey Bay and - well, pretty much everything else. It had already been planted with vineyards by a previous owner, but these now derelict vines weren't the reason Ed was drawn to the place. As a world record holding amateur radio enthusiast* (call sign W0YK) the 2600' elevation would be ideal for DXing.
So having purchased the property, Ed eventually realised its potential for viticulture. Taking advice from local experts and classes at Davis, he planted a number of one-acre blocks with multiple types of rootstock grafted with clones of Pinot Noir. There is also some Syrah, which is yet to produce.
I was invited to join Ed and Mary for a picnic, tasting and Q&A session in the vineyard.
This had a light, sweet strawberry nose and flavours of fresh cherry & strawberry. It had a fruity, crisp finish and nice tannins for a rose. Lovely summer wine. 87
The light, floral nose showed some redcurrant fruit. I got fresh cherry, with a little earth and a nice tart finish. 86
2004 Pinot Noir
The first commercial vintage, made by Peter Bargetto of Soquel Vineyards.
Nice tart cherry & vanilla oak nose. Good bright cherry fruit, good acidity with a dry, tannic finish. Still improving. 88
2005 Soquel Muns Vineyard Pinot Noir
From 2005 Muns was produced by Tony Craig at Silver Mountain. However Soquel also purchased some fruit in 2005, so this serves as an interesting segue between the two.
Noticeably deeper colour. Nose of dark fruits and coffee. Palate had cherry and rose petals, with a rich, oaky, tannic finish. 90
2005 Pinot Noir
I tried this recently and found it disjointed with an oxidised note - that must have been an off bottle. This showed no sign of oxidation, however the fruit was still masked by a lot of acidity. Perhaps with the right pairing it will show well. 85
2006 Pinot Noir
Light nose showed some "pinot funk" and rose petals. Lots of rich fruit - particularly cherry and cranberry. Good and balanced with nice structure. 90
2007 Pinot Noir
Similar to, but richer than the 2006. If this is the house style emerging then I like it. Good cherry and strawberry flavours; nice oak, not too much. Good finish. Needs time to fully integrate. 91
* As the (former) holder of UK Class B amateur radio licence G1CWR and member of the Durham University Radio & Electronics Society I'd like to point out that we dislike the term "radio ham".