Mendocino Ridge, California
View from the Cellar 91 points! (on the 2018 vintage)
Poe Chardonnay Manchester Ridge Vineyards is a beautiful single-vineyard Chardonnay from the Mendocino Ridge AVA of California. Manchester Ridge sits at a 2,000-foot elevation above Anderson Valley. The vineyard is 400 feet above the fog line. "We picked this vineyard nearly a month later than the Pinot Noir vineyards lying in the valley below. Because of this long hang time, the vineyard develops complex flavors and nuances. The cool steady temperatures allow the grapes to maintain acidity, while the forest of surrounding pine trees seem to impart earthy aromas." Samantha Sheehan founded POE in 2009 after being inspired by the wines she tasted in Burgundy and Champagne. The goal is not to replicate Burgundy, but rather create alluring, vineyard specific, age-worthy wines revealing the beautiful terroir of California. There is minimal intervention, judicious use of sulfur, and never any additives.
"Sam Sheehan's 2018 Manchester Ridge bottling is bright and zesty on both the nose and palate. The bouquet offers up a youthful blend of pear, quince, salty soil tones, corn flowers, citrus zest and a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and nascently complex, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, bouncy acids and lovely length and grip on the primary, but quite promising finish. Though this is certainly drinkable today, I would opt to give it a few years in the cellar and let its secondary layering of complexity emerge. 2023-2035." 91. John Gilman, View from the Cellar (on the 2018 vintage)
POE produces traditional Champagne method sparkling wines, rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and a nouveau from Pinot Noir. Each wine is made in very limited quantities and sold directly from the winery and to high-end restaurants around the country. In the spring of 2017, POE teamed up with Farella Vineyard and Forlorn Hope to open a collective tasting room in the heart of downtown Napa. Guests can enjoy glasses, bottles and flights of their favorite POE wines, as well as explore other dynamic selections from both Farella and Forlorn Hope.
"Preserved lemon, orange blossoms, white grapefruit, and struck flint, with saline-like minerality due to strong Pacific air influence. On the palate, honeyed texture and mineral-driven zest couple with beautifully integrated oak, and mouthwatering persistence. Youthful and elegant, imploring seafood to match its salty, lemony backbone."-Poe