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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.
2015 Manzoni Pedregal Vineyard San Benito County Rosé of Pinot Noir
13.9% alc., 127 cases, $23, screwcap. Release summer 2016. Grower Ray Franscioni and winemaker David Coventry. . · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Splendid aromas of red berries, watermelon, blood orange and dried herbs. A richer style of rosé that drinks almost like a regular still Pinot Noir, yet never wavers from its rosé genetics. The flavors of red berries, Damsel plum, red cherry and watermelon are pleasingly assembled and polished in the mouth. Score: 91. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2014 Manzoni Home Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 1,385 cases, $35. Release summer 2016. Grower Mark Manzoni and winemaker David Coventry. Clones 777, 115 and a La Tache suitcase selection. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black cherry syrup, spice cabinet and sweet oak draw your nose into the glass. Forward drinking, with flavors of black cherry, cola, spice and an oak overlay that is noticeable but comforting. The wine finishes with an intensely fruity and juicy ending that lingers. An exceptional value. Score: 93. Reviewed August 17, 2016 ARTICLE »
2013 Manzoni Home Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
14.7% alc., 708 cases, $35. Released summer 2015. Dijon clones 115 and 777. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of strawberry, cherry and sandalwood that draw you into the glass. Very tasty, with a discreetly concentrated core of cherry fruit accented with notes of cola, spice and anise in the background. This highly approachable wine has a well-balanced tannic backbone and good finishing length, and will appeal to those who enjoy a respectable contribution of oak in their Pinot. Score: 91. Reviewed August 18, 2015 ARTICLE »
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 »