2016 Manzana Pinot Noir
94 Points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
90 Points - "Very Highly Recommended" – California Grapevine
The Manzana Vineyard always brings us expressive fruit that tantalizes our taste buds. The deep crimson color provides the prelude to the bright fruitaromas and tastes that unfold in this wine. A bright bouquet of cranberry marmalade with orange zest, candied red hots, wild raspberry, and cherry cola expand to more complex layers mid-palate of forest floor, pine needles,
and subtle tannins. A solid representation of a cool climate wine, this Pinot Noir can be served now or cellared for five to eight years.
Grapes are 100% hand-picked , then sorted by hand the moment they arrive at the winery after night-picking before being gently destemmed. After destemming, the crushed fruit is then placed into small open-top fermenters. The must is cold-soaked for five days to focus the natural spice and fruit elements while minimizing any harsh tannins. We punch-down no more than three times daily as fermentation progresses. The juice is then pressed and racked into French oak barrels that are mix of new and 1-year old so that the oak notes are present. Our winemaker then hand selects the few barrels to blend together to make this Vineyard Designated wine.
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The Manzana Vineyard is located in the heart of the Green Valley, one of the coolest areas in the region. Manzana’s hillside vineyard is east facing, the optimal location for growing Pinot Noir. Goldridge soil on the slope allows for excellent drainage. Planted to clone Dijon 828 and Dijon 115 in 2001, this vineyard produces wine with red fruit characteristics and a bold, luscious mouthfeel. It is a certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly vineyard.