2017 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery
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2017 Manzana Vineyard

Pinot Noir
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Farmed by the the renowned Dutton Family, Manzana Vineyard is located in Green Valley, a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley known for its cool temperatures. For Pinot Noir, this unique climate results in deeper colors and intense aromatics. The best barrels from Manzana Vineyard were used to make this wine, with each specifically selected for its unique and ideal traits.

Library Selection

90 Points

“This is a tense, floral pinot noir, with a cool jasmine note over its formal oak structure. While half of the lot aged in new French oak barrels, the herbal fruit is framed by wood notes but not diminished. From a vineyard farmed by the Dutton family, this is a sophisticated pinot with lasting flavors.”
Josh Greene
Wine & Spirits, February 2020
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Tasting Notes

This wine displays an opulent, dense purple-red color, and enticing aromas of brandied cherry and potpourri. Perfumed oak enhances both the aromas and mouthfeel. On the palate, it strikes a lovely balance between firm, rich tannins and a supple, round mouthfeel. The finish is youthful and firm, ensuring that this beautiful wine will age well for many years to come.

Accolades
  • 90 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits - February 2020
  • “This is a tense, floral pinot noir, with a cool jasmine note over its formal oak structure. While half of the lot aged in new French oak barrels, the herbal fruit is framed by wood notes but not diminished. From a vineyard farmed by the Dutton family, this is a sophisticated pinot with lasting flavors.”

Winemaking
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. After 10 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, 50% of which were new, we bottled on July 31st, 2018.
Vintage

The 2017 vintage followed a cool wet winter. The soils were wet and rich, which required extra meticulous care with cover crop management and canopy management. There was a heat spike at the end of August that warmed everything up. With no threat of rain in sight, we hand-harvested the grapes exactly when we wanted to in the cool evening hours of September 10th, 2017.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from Manzana Vineyard, which is farmed by the renowned Dutton Family. The Duttons have been growing grapes in Sonoma County—specifically the Russian River Valley—for generations. Because they are known for their meticulous farming and consistent quality vintage after vintage, their fruit is highly prized. Manzana is located in Green Valley, a sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley known for its cool temperatures. For Pinot Noir, this unique climate results in deeper colors and intense aromatics. The best barrels from Manzana Vineyard were used to make this wine, with each specifically selected for its unique and ideal traits.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.20%
  • bottling date: 07/31/2018
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 50% new

  • fermentation:

    Gently destemmed into open-top fermenters; three-day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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