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Manzoni Estate Vineyard Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2005

External Review by Appellation America:

The Manzonis have been farmers in the Salinas Valley since the 1920s; in the late 1990s, they began adding a few acres of Pinot Noir grapes to the mix. The estate vineyard is in the cooler northern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a prime spot for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes for this Syrah, however, come from Paraiso Vineyard, a somewhat warmer site near the southern end of the appellation. It still displays the flavors of a cool-climate Syrah, though, with ripe berry fruit accented by some smoky notes and a good dose of white pepper. It’s a plump, supple, easy-to-like Syrah. Winemaker Steve Pessagno aged the wine in a combination of new and year-old French oak barrels for 11 months, and the oak is very well integrated. You could hold this Syrah, which sells for $35, for a couple of years, but it’s delicious and smooth now. The winery suggests pairing it with stews, grilled meats or strong cheeses. I think it would hold up well against some smoky ribs or pulled pork, too.

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Manzoni Estate Vineyard:
Manzoni Estate Vineyard was founded in 1999, with the planting of the lush Home Vineyard which is located on six acres in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands. It is here, amidst the beauty of central California's Salinas Valley, that the Manzoni Family along with winemaker David Coventry produce a premium brand founded on our family name. It is our hope that you enjoy consuming these artful vintages as much as we enjoy creating them.

External Reviews for Manzoni Estate Vineyard Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands

External Review
Source: Appellation America
04/07/2011

The Manzonis have been farmers in the Salinas Valley since the 1920s; in the late 1990s, they began adding a few acres of Pinot Noir grapes to the mix. The estate vineyard is in the cooler northern part of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, a prime spot for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes for this Syrah, however, come from Paraiso Vineyard, a somewhat warmer site near the southern end of the appellation. It still displays the flavors of a cool-climate Syrah, though, with ripe berry fruit accented by some smoky notes and a good dose of white pepper. It’s a plump, supple, easy-to-like Syrah. Winemaker Steve Pessagno aged the wine in a combination of new and year-old French oak barrels for 11 months, and the oak is very well integrated. You could hold this Syrah, which sells for $35, for a couple of years, but it’s delicious and smooth now. The winery suggests pairing it with stews, grilled meats or strong cheeses. I think it would hold up well against some smoky ribs or pulled pork, too.




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