Price: $9.79 at Total Wine
Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with some more complex flavors beyond just simple fruits.)
Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles”
Finally, another $10 Pinot that I can actually recommend! (I have to admit… the value Pinots are not exactly blowing my socks off this month.)
But this one’s definitely got a little something going on. The compelling nose starts the tasting off strong with smoke, dark raspberry, and cola. Not only did it carry some complexity, but the strength and power was also much better than the average $10 Pinot nose. The palate needed about 30 minutes of air to get going, but once it did it was smooth and well balanced with similar flavors to the nose, accompanied by hints of cherry syrup on the finish. This got better on Day Two, so I’d definitely let it breath a little bit to get the most out of it. Definitely one of the more flavorful offerings this month.
With its medium Ruby hue, the 2015 McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir offers Strawberry preserves, fresh cherry mixed with Vanilla and Cream aromatics. Once in the mouth, these flavors are recognizable, in addition to a hint of Blueberry. Round and mouthwatering, the finish of this Pinot Noir is a well balanced combination of fruit flavors from the grapes and the Vanilla and Cream contributed from the oak aging.
According to the winery website,
The McManis family has been farming in the northern interior region of California for five generations. In 1990, fourth generation farmer Ron McManis, and his wife Jamie founded the McManis Family Vineyards. Currently, they farm over 2,700 acres of premium wine grapes located within the premier growing areas of the northern interior. In 1998, the company designed and built a state-of-the-art winery and today the McManis Family Vineyards label comprises a range of red and white varietals sourced from ten estate vineyards.
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