Poe 2016 "Manchester Ridge" Chardonnay, Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino Co., CA, USA

Poe 2016 "Manchester Ridge" Chardonnay, Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino Co., CA, USA

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Poe 2016 "Manchester Ridge" Chardonnay, Mendocino Ridge, Mendocino Co., CA, USA

The 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.  Some say the vineyard is  the most difficult place to grow grapes on the North Coast, but others  try to prove it is the most rewarding. 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.  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.    

Winemaking: The grapes are picked at night around 21.5 brix, and delivered to the  winery just before sunrise. Poe pressed the grapes immediately and  settled overnight in an un-gassed tank before fermenting in barrel. The  juice was not sulfured, and thus fermentation occurred naturally with  native yeast.  Poe never stirred while the wine aged on the lees for 18  months in 10% new French oak, 90% neutral French oak.  They allowed the  majority of the barrels to go through malolactic naturally.


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