Manzoni Estate Vineyard

Owner(s) Manzoni Family
Web site www.manzoniwines.com
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In 1999, after farming in the Salinas Valley for three generations, the Manzoni family converted 5.5 acres of vine rootstock at the base of the Santa Lucia Highlands into Pinot Noir grapes.

Both an estate and private reserve Pinot Noir are produced.

A tasting room is located in the center of the vineyard at 30981 River Road in Soledad. Open weekends 11:00-5:00 and by appointment.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Manzoni Home Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 797 cases, $35. Three generations of the family have farmed what is now the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Winemaker David Coventry. Dijon clones 115 and 777. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is nicely fruited with black cherry, black raspberry and blueberry and well-oaked. There is plenty of black cherry fruit presence in the mouth accented with spice and oak-driven notes of anise and mocha. The palate-staining finish is flush with cherry, cola and sassafras. There is a lot to like in this wine but there is too much oak at play and a bit of alcoholic heat shows up on the finish. Score: 89. Reviewed July 19, 2014 ARTICLE »