2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 1.5L

2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 1.5L
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Alcohol %
14.2

2011 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 1.5L

91 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST

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SKU: MEVPN11R/1.5L

The Vineyard

The Manzoni Home Vineyard, in the “Heart of the Highlands,” is an ideal spot to grow world-class Pinot Noir. Here the cool Region I climate is heavily influenced by winds off nearby Monterey Bay. The porous, granitic, shaly loam soils recall this noble grape’s Northern Rhone heritage, stressing the vines, thus providing low, concentrated yields. The Home Vineyard is planted to three Pinot Noir clones: Dijon clones 115, 777 and the proprietary “La Tache”.

 

The Vintage

Benefitting from cool temperatures and a long growing season, the Manzoni Vineyard produced a small crop of very high quality fruit in 2011. The dry winter was followed by moderate temperatures and a final burst of heat in October that helped finish ripening. The additional hang time yielded small, intensely flavored berries.  

 

Winemaking

Our Pinot Noir grapes were destemmed into open top fermenters; we induced primary fermentation with two specialized yeast strains known for their ability to maintain color and produce intense flavors. After fermentation, the wine was pressed into a combination of 75% new and 30% one year old French oak barrels where it matured for 10 months. Only 100 cases were produced.

 

Tasting Notes

Our 2011 Reserve bottling truly pays homage to the concept of only bottling the best of our wines using this moniker. On the palette, concentrated red and black fruits from raspberry to black cherry are complimented with hints of saddle leather and vanilla. On the nose toast, rich caramel, hard spices and exotic aromatics arise out of the glass. This wine is elegant and refined with complex berry aromas and firm tannin structure which will reward mid-term cellaring with even more complexity. 

 

Accolades                                       

91 POINTS WINE ENTHUSIAST         

A rich barrel selection, this is a fine Pinot Noir that’s silky, brisk in acidity, dry and deeply flavored in raspberries, cherries and Dr. Pepper cola. Give it at least until 2018 in the cellar.  — S.H.  (5/1/2014)

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