This Grand Cru site on Vineyard Drive has been a backbone of MFN since 2015. New owner and deeply-rooted Templeton native Brian Lopez returned home from San Francisco to make real his dream of amplifying the region that he loves. Guided by nature and inspired by technology, he is committed to realizing the highest potential of this site while using sustainable farming practices. The vineyard is run by soil scientist Steve Viera whom is wildly respected throughout the state of California, and together their passion is tantamount to the quality of every bottle of MFN. Another cooler Willow Creek site, we usually don’t harvest here until the second week of November!
Each year, Lopai vineyard fruit is the last to come off the vine and it is always well worth the wait. On the nose, sweet fruits of blueberry, red cherry, and raspberry give way to warm Spanish cedar and a hint of blooming lilac. Crisp flavors of cranberry and red currant with a touch of clove grace the palate which boasts bright acidity, silky fine tannins and a long mineral finish. Less than 100 cases were produced of 2019 Gateway. Vineyard designates are reserved for club members only. Club members - please log in to purchase.