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Tasting Notes


The 2012 Pinot Noir Manchester Ridge comes from a vineyard planted at a 10,000-foot elevation. All Dijon clone material, two-thirds is clone 777 and one-third is clone 115. It was aged 15 months in 50% new French oak. This is the tightest, most backward of these Pinots, so a leap of faith is essential. Structured with high acidity, it has a certain austerity and angularity and plenty of blackcurrant, spice, earth and background oak. It will benefit from another year of bottle age, and should drink well for a decade or more. It has all the potential needed to be outstanding, but patience is required.

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Auteur strives for excellence to create pure, profound and authentic wines. Owners Kenneth & Laura Juhasz value the inherent traditions of the old world while integrating the freshness and vitality of new world roots. They celebrate the season of the coastal vineyards that connect the taste of the sea and the soil from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa and Willamette Valley. They are committed to the best farming practices and work with a fierce community of passionate wine growers, chefs, wine collectors and dedicated clientele. Kenneth and Laura create wine because they like to create pleasure. It's this path of unveiling and discovery that keeps their craftsmanship fresh and alive.

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