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2016 Petit Manseng 375mL Half Bottle

The climate of Monterey County, with its low annual rainfall and cool nights during the growing season, makes it an ideal spot for producing consistently wonderful late harvest wines. For years we have produced a beautiful and lavish late harvest Riesling and we certainly aren’t hanging up our pruners on that one. No, we still adore Riesling, but the chance to work with yet another rare and slightly esoteric variety just couldn’t be passed up. Petit Manseng is traditionally grown in southwest France, most notably in the small Jurançon appellation where it has long been revered for its high quality. The wine was so valued in fact, that it holds the distinction of being the only wine used to baptize a king of France. Our first-ever bottling of the regal grape is packed with heady aromas of tropical fruit and spice leading into flavors of rich pear balanced against tangy citrus and star fruit. The sweetness and opulent texture are complemented by a backbone of crisp acidity, resulting in a rich, intense and lively wine.

 
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Vineyard
The moderate climate and coastal fog that define our estate Riverview Vineyard provide a favorable local site for this traditional grape from southwest France. Located two miles southeast of Soledad and adjacent to the Pinnacles National Park, this 215-acre vineyard is nestled on a bench overlooking the Salinas River and is an ideal site for ultra-premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a whopping .5 acres of Petit Manseng! The bench location aids in creating excellent air flow and the southwestern exposure maximizes available sunlight and allows the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. 2017 was a more typical, temperate growing season than recent years, resulting in healthy vines. Winter rains led to mild spring weather that brought good bloom. Warm temperatures in late July helped the grapes reach full ripeness. Record-breaking heat in early September caused Brix levels to jump, speeding up the harvest, but the weather soon cooled and harvest slowed to a more normal rate. Yields were light to average, with fruit showing high quality.
Winemaking
The grapes were hand-picked at a high level of sugar and fermented so that the residual sugar would balance the naturally high acidity. The grapes were fermented with select yeast in 100% stainless steel at a relatively cool temperature of 50°F - 53°F. Cold fermentation allows the retention of fruit ester compounds that would be lost at higher temperatures. Fermentation was arrested at 11.9% sugar, as it was at this point that we considered the balance of flavors, sweetness and acidity ideal. The finished wine was aged in stainless steel for 8 months.
Varietal Composition
100% Petit Manseng
Vineyard
Riverview Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 7, 2016
Harvest Brix
32.5°
Appellation
Monterey
Alcohol %
10.0
pH
2.67
Cases Produced
100
Bottling Date
August 15, 2017