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.
“Sam Sheehan’s 2018 Manchester Ridge bottling is bright and zesty on both the nose and palate. The bouquet offers up a youthful blend of pear, quince, salty soil tones, corn flowers, citrus zest and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, bouncy acids and lovely length and grip on the primary, but quite promising finish. Though this is certainly drinkable today, I would opt to give it a few years in the cellar and let its secondary layering of complexity emerge. 2023-2035.” 91. John Gilman
Manchester Ridge Vineyard sits at two thousand feet elevation and four hundred feet above the fog line, with a cool microclimate that found Samantha Sheehan harvesting here a full month after her vineyards on the valley floor. The 2018 Manchester Ridge Vineyard bottling of Pinot Noir comes in at thirteen percent and delivers a superb, youthful nose of red and black cherries, Mendocino herb tones, espresso, wood smoke, a fine base of soil and a touch of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a fine core of fruit, tangy acids, buried tannins and excellent lift and grip on the very long and promising finish. This is certainly approachable already, as it is beautifully balanced, but it is a puppy and prudence would suggest tucking it away in the cellar for at least five or six years and let those secondary layers of complexity uncoil. 2025-2050. 92. John Gilman
An aroma of violets leads to very fruity and floral flavors in this medium-bodied wine from relatively new vintner Samantha Sheehan. Light tannins add a bit of grip to the texture, while good, tart cherry and cranberry flavors open up on the palate. No rush to drink it. Best through 2024. 92 Wine Enthusiast