2017 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points - Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate
The Manzana Vineyard always brings us an expressive sark fruit that tantalizes our taste buds and often is a key component of the Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir blend. The consistent, deep crimson color provides the prelude to the bright fruit aromas that taste and unfold in this wine. Complex layers mid-palate of forest floor, pine needles, and subtle tannins. There’s also a sweet, light tobacco melded with French vanilla from the varying degrees of toastiness in the oak barrels that harmonize into a well-structured, almost chewy, body. Manzana represents classic cool climate pinot Noir: it can be served now or cellared for five to eight years.
This purple hued, red-violet colored wine is full of dark fruits notes in the nose and in the palate. Subtle wood spice, forest floor, dusky rose and rhubarb complexities develop in the nose. Black cherry marmalade, blackberry, black tea, and an edge of toasty oak flavors fill the mouth. Richly textured, the wine is round and mouth filling on the palate. Dark berries and black currants explode across the finish. Ultimately the supple texture of the wine gives way to a firm finish with a touch of mineral sweet tobacco and oak tannins. This is a wine to be enjoyed slowly at the table over several hours – and a good conversation.
Dutton Ranch farms more than 80 separate vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Planted in 1980, the vineyard produces wine with tropical notes interlaced with green apple and citrus fruits. The vines are planted in Sandy Loam Goldridge soil allowing for excellent drainage from this hilltop vineyard. The vineyard is certified Sonoma County Sustainably-Farmed and Fish-Friendly. It is dry-farmed and historically produces grapes of consistent character.