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Heather Manross carries on the family winemaking tradition by practicing clean and natural winemaking techniques. Her premium fruit is sourced from Pinot Noir vineyards in Northern California and Oregon.
Heather has a background in Hollywood's television and film industry, but was inspired to pursue a formal wine education. Her wine career began at one of the largest wine retail and wholesale operations in Southern California. This led to management positions for several wineries in Napa where she learned the intricacies of winemaking and began to articulate her own winemaking vision.
Vineyard sources include Donnelly Creek in Anderson Valley, Lone Oak Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, and Hawk's View Vineyard in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
The wines are sold exclusively through a mailing list.
2015 Manross Hawk’s View Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.66, TA 0.71, 50 cases, $58. NOTE that this is a wine made from Oregon grapes by a California vintner, Heather Manross. 50% Pommard and 50% Wadenswil clones. 20 to 26-year-old vines planted in Laurelwood soil. 30% whole cluster fermented. Aged 24 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light ruby red color in the glass. Welcoming aromas of black cherry, mocha, clove and underbrush. A light to mid weight elegant style with tasteful spiced cherry flavor framed by complimentary oak and modest tannins. A savory herbal riff plies the background. This vibrant wine finishes with a searching, quenching ending. Heather has a touch with Pinot Noir. Score: 91. Reviewed March 17, 2018 ARTICLE »
2014 Manross Lone Oak Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.69, TA 0.69, 50 cases, $58. 100% Pommard clone. 30% whole cluster. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Exhilarating aromas of fresh Bing cherry, spice, vanillin and nutty oak. Polished and refreshing on the palate, with the mid weight essence of glorious black cherry, cherry cola and black raspberry flavors. Plenty of ripe sap, but vibrant, with a juicy acid underbelly. Lovely balance, with silken tannins and a compliment of oak. Still charged with deep cherry flavor and juiciness when tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Uncommon verve in a seductively-appointed Pinot that is welcoming now. Score: 94. Reviewed February 13, 2017 ARTICLE »
2013 Manross Donnelly Creek Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 50 cases, $54. 30% whole cluster. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Alluring perfume of cherry pie glaze, cranberry and spice. A charming and somewhat delicate wine that delivers plenty of cherry, raspberry and spice flavors. Oak chimes in subtlety as does the whole cluster producing a bit of herbal seasoning. The modest tannins are fine grain and the cherry driven finish offers a juicy grip of acidity. Impressive harmony. Score: 92. Reviewed December 12, 2015 ARTICLE »