Paradoxical in place, where only the brazen would plant Pinot Noir, perched on an extreme mountaintop in Mendocino’s ‘Islands of the Sky’ appellation at 2,200 feet above sea level planted in sandstone soils on the first ridgeline overlooking the blustery Pacific Ocean. Manchester Ridge has the longest hang time of all our sites, often harvested in late October, early November, creating complexity of phenolics and intense flavors. Growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in this environment is somewhat audacious, but it never disappoints.
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Appellation Mendocino Ridge
Grower Martin Mochizuki
Vineyard 30 Acres
Soil Ornbaum, Weathered Bedrock
Clones Dijon 777 and 115 Clones
2020 AUTEUR MANCHESTER RIDGE PINOT NOIR
Deep intoxicating aromatics with opulent brambleberry, wet slate, exotic spices, sandalwood, and golden chanterelle mushrooms. A bright palate of racy red fruits and rose petals layered into a harmonious finish. Classic ‘iron fist in velvet glove’.
2021 AUTEUR MANCHESTER RIDGE CHARDONNAY
Full of youthful elements of star jasmine, mangosteen, fantasia nectarine, lemon verbena, and touches of exotic spice collide with flinty minerality, tension, and nerve forming a vibrant lingering finish