Vineyard: Manchester Ridge vineyard is located almost three hours north of the Russian River Valley in the Anderson Valley. Planted in 2002 to Old Wente and clone 76 at 1200 foot elevation. This vineyard is perfectly manicured and hidden in the wilds of redwoods looking down on the Pacific.
Soil: Highly eroded sandstone
Viticulture: Farmed using sustainable and organic methods
Vinification: The grapes were foot tread and the pressed juice juice went to 100% neutral French barrels. Fermented using native yeasts and no malolactic
Aging: aged sur lie for 10 months in neurtal French oak
Production: 61 cases
Notes: "There’s an untamed acidity that just dominates this wine. Rather than fight this, we wanted to celebrate it; in doing so, we didn’t let the wine go through Malolactic fermentation. There are flavors of lemon zest, and a flinty minerality with tastes unripe peach and a vibrant finish."
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The Manchester Ridge Vineyard bottling of chardonnay from Trail Marker is a new cuvée to me, as I did not taste this bottling in the range of 2013s that I sampled from the winery. This is a touch riper than the Chapel Vineyard chard, coming in at 13.3 percent alcohol, but retaining all of the purity and precision of the Trail Marker house style. The wine was again raised entirely in older casks and delivers a superb aromatic constellation of pear, apple, a complex base of soil tones, just a touch of vanillin oak again (despite it seeing no new wood), a gently savory element that is redolent of sage and a topnote of wild flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with excellent focus and cut, impeccable balance and a very long, very classy finish. This is a beautiful bottle. 2017-2025.