2015 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir - SOLD OUT
As about as far from anywhere, Manchester Ridge lies about one hour west of Boonville up a tortuous, narrow, winding road toward the Mendocino coast. The torture gets worse as you turn onto a rutted dirt road and bump along for more than eight miles ascending ravines and ridges before you can go no farther. You have come to the edge of the land 2000 feet above Point Arena and the Pacific. Here, sharing the land with chestnut orchards, is Manchester Ridge, 30 acres of breathtakingly beautiful, enigmatic and hardscrabble vines. No other vineyard endures what vicissitudes nature throws at it in the way of wind, rain, elevation, temperature mood swings, and weathered soil. And yet Manchester Ridge’s extremes allow its Pinot noir and chardonnay fruit to hang longer, nurturing phenological ripeness and complexity without giving up acidity and freshness. Since the late 1990s Greg has collaborated with vineyard manager Martin Mochizuki to protect and coax Manchester Ridge vines into producing rich, opulent wines featuring ethereal qualities that reach beyond classic Burgundian and California pinots and chardonnays, all the while revealing a purity and grace achieved from turning adversity into overachievement.
Maritime climate at times are severe. Highly eroded sandstone soil denies nutrients. Striving to achieve in spite of the elements, this vineyard produces wild, smoky, mysterious aromas that give us pause before yielding scents of boysenberry and crushed raspberries. On the palate, this balanced wine reveals tastes upon tastes upon tastes with red currents, boysenberry, baking spices, and earthy mushrooms.
With the earliest harvest on record (3rd week in September), we avoided the usual challenges from fall rains and picking (oftentimes) into November. The saying "adversity breeds greatness" does not apply this year, but this exceptional site still showed its stuff!
PRODUCTION: 50 cases
Label Artwork by Serena Hazard