Manchester Ridge sits at a 2,000 foot elevation above Anderson Valley. The vineyard is 400 feet above the fog line. We picked this vineyard nearly a month later than the Pinot Noir vineyards lying in the valley below. Because of this long hang time, the vineyard develops complex flavors and nuances. The cool steady temperatures allows the grapes to maintain acidity, while the forest of surrounding pine trees seem to impart earthy aromas.
Our 2013 Manchester Ridge Pinot was fermented with 20% whole cluster and native yeast. We foot tread the fermentation two to three times per day, andlet the temperature rise naturally. It was aged in 30% new French oak barrels, and 70% neutral French oak barrels.
The 2013 Manchester Ridge Vineyard bottling of pinot noir from Samantha Sheehan’s Poe Vineyards is really a very pretty and stylish bottle of young pinot, wafting from the glass in a complex aromatic constellation of black cherries, plums, fresh Mendocino herb tones, a touch of gamebird, dark soil tones and a discreet framing of nutty oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, tangy and fairly primary in personality, with a plush attack, fine core, modest tannins, bright acids and fine length and grip on the focused and nascently complex finish. This is going to be an excellent bottle of pinot, but I would tuck it away in the cellar for a few years and let it start to show some of its secondary layers of complexity. It is eminently drinkable right out of the blocks, but it is still a baby and really deserves some time in the cellar to stretch its wings! High class juice. 2015-2035+. 91+.” John Gilman