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2014 POE Blanc de Blancs Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge

America/United States, California
POE Blanc de Blancs Manchester Ridge Vineyard Mendocino Ridge
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Mendocino Ridge
Winery POE
Vintage 2014
Color Sparkling White
Varietal(s) 100% Chardonnay
¥8,250  (incl. tax)
Country America/United States
Region California
Appellation Mendocino Ridge
Winery POE
Vintage 2014
Color Sparkling White
Varietal(s) 100% Chardonnay
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 12.0%
Product Code POE2WBBM14
UPC NONE
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

The wine offers up a complex and very refined bouquet of pear, apple, fresh almond, brioche, a nice touch of soil and a top note of white flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with a good core, fine mineral drive, pinpoint bubbles and impressive length and grip on the complex finish. This is starting to drink nicely, but clearly will blossom further with some time in the cellar and should age very nicely indeed. A very, very impressive first vintage of bubbly! 

Production

Viticulture

The Manchester Ridge vineyard lies at a 2,000-foot elevation above Anderson Valley and the Pacific Ocean. Planted to the edge of the Mendocino Ridge line, the only barrier between the vineyard and the cliff is a row of Chestnut trees upon which a number of wild boar feed. The AVA is the only appellation to be comprised of noncontiguous areas. The defining feature is elevation (the AVA begins at 1200 feet) and is comprised of three islands “in the sky” separated by land with lower elevation. The site was planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, from which we buy both for our sparkling and still program. The soil is highly eroded sandstone, which deprives the vines of nutrients, and the temperature variations which can be as great at 60 degrees causes the grapes to retain incredible acidity.

Vinification

We picked the Chardonnay on September 2nd, 2014. It was fermented in neutral oak barrels without sulfur and with native yeast. It was then aged in the same barrels for 16 months, before being bottled for sparkling fermentation. The wine spent 3.5 year on the lees, and was disgorged in April of 2019.