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2013 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir
ELEV. 2000 FT. / PACIFIC OCEAN 3.5 MI.
Mendocino Ridge

Vineyard

Wild, exotic, mountainous, and perched directly above the San Andreas Fault, the Manchester Ridge Vineyard is like no other in California. Close enough to the sea to hear waves crashing yet high enough to rise above the fog, it yields wines of immense complexity and tension. The mountain range that comprises the Mendocino Ridge AVA, where this vineyard is located, is an extension of the Sonoma Coast range just north of the county line, making this Red Car’s only site in Mendocino County.

Taste

Wild blackberry, cigar box, morel mushrooms

Philosophy

Red Car is focused on growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in a network of cold-climate vineyards on the edge of the Pacific in the West Sonoma Coast. We are hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in our region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of our own fruit. For several years now we have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic and permaculture systems into our farming as we search for nature’s ideal pathways. Our wines are made in small lots utilizing minimalist intervention techniques like wild yeast fermentation, gravity flow, and natural acid.

Specs

Vineyard
Manchester Ridge
Alcohol
13.2%
Appellation
Mendocino Ridge
Cases Produced
300
Average Brix
22.1º
Acidity
5.1 g/L
Stems
10%
French Oak
100% Neutral
pH
3.8
Clones
115, 114
Soil Type
Ormbaun Zeni Loam
Barrel Aging
12 Months

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