2016 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

Manzana Vineyard

Russian River Valley

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SKU: 09532.16
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Farmed by the renowned Dutton family, this opulent, balanced Pinot Noir from Manzana Vineyard in the Green Valley sub-appelation of the Russian River Valley will age well for many years to come.

  • Tasting Notes
    This wine displays an opulent, dense purple-red color, and enticing aromas of brandied cherry and potpourri. On the palate, it strikes a lovely balance between firm, rich tannins and a supple, round mouthfeel. The finish is youthful and firm, ensuring that this beautiful wine will age well for many years to come.
  • Accolades
    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide: “Juicy, with a medium-built backbone of intense fresh acidity, this wine is savory in spirit and style, with large helpings of black tea, cardamom and forest pine. The fruit component is defined in cherry, cola and vanilla.” —Virginie Boone, November 13, 2018
  • Wine Origin
    The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from Manzana Vineyard, which is farmed by the renowned Dutton Family. The Duttons have been growing grapes in Sonoma County—specifically the Russian River Valley—for generations. Because they are known for their meticulous farming and consistent quality vintage after vintage, their fruit is highly prized. Manzana is located in Green Valley, a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley known for its cool temperatures. For Pinot Noir, this unique climate results in deeper colors and intense aromatics. The best barrels from Manzana Vineyard were used to make this wine, with each specifically selected for its unique and ideal traits.
  • Production Notes
    The 2016 vintage started out with an early bud break followed by a warm growing season. Just when we were about to start picking, we had a cool spell in late August. This helped slow things down and spread out the harvest. With no threat of rain in sight, we hand harvested the grapes exactly when we wanted to in the cool evening hours of September 17th, 2016.
  • Winemaker Notes
    The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pumpovers and punchdowns. After 10 months of ageing in exclusively French oak barrels, 32% of which were new, we bottled on August 1st, 2017.