2016 Pinot Gris

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Wine Specs
Pinot Gris
Santa Lucia Highlands
Alcohol %

2016 Pinot Gris

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The Vineyard

The Franscioni Vineyard, which is located in the northern, coolest part of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, is one of the few estates that grow Pinot Gris in the AVA. Here, moderately warm and breezy days are followed by cool evenings and foggy mornings. The mountainside vineyard’s gravelly, porous soils along with the Region I type climate make for ideal conditions for classic Pinot Gris.


The hand harvested fruit was immediately whole cluster - pressed into stainless steel tanks and allowed to cold settle for 48 hours. Fermentation was conducted in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. Afterwards, the young wine was held on the lees and stirred regularly to add complexity and texture.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Manzoni Pinot Gris has lovely aromas of mandarin orange, stone fruits , and green apple that are lifted out of the glass by its refreshing acidity. In the mouth, the texture given by the lees stirring and barrel aging is unctuous and mouth filling. The flavors on the palate are rich and more akin to the wines of Alsace than typical North American or Italian Pinot Grigio. Apple, pear and citrusy notes blend nicely and the bright acidity keeps the wine clean and fresh on the finish. 

Product Reviews
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Patrick Zimmerman
(Oct 15, 2015 at 6:13 PM)
I call this a "garden party" wine. It is perfect served, slightly chilled, at a garden party or sitting in your back yard on these Indian summer evenings we have been having recently. The color is a beautifully clear, light yellow gold. I get an aroma of crisp apple, pear and maybe a hint of citrus. The flavor is the same apple, pear and apricot. The clean, fresh, lingering finish demands you take another sip. This is an extremely fresh wine with balanced acidity, more like a rich and complex Burgundian Pinot Gris than its Italian brother, the dryer Pinot Grigio. An appropriate food pairing, given the Manzoni Swiss-Italian roots, would be a hearty polenta stew, or just enjoy while viewing a spectacular Salinas Valley sunset from your back yard. At $23 this is a excellent value and a well deserved Double Gold Metal winner!

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