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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.