Wine of the Day February 20, 2014

2012PoePN2012 Poe, Pinot Noir, Manchester Ridge Vineyard, Mendocino County.
The newest from Samantha Sheehan is a stunner, her Poe Mendocino 2012 Manchester Ridge Vineyard is absolutely rocking good with generous fruit, perfect pitched detail and a suburb long finish, this is beautifully crafted artisan Pinot Noir. I was an immediate fan of Poe, the Chardonnay was excellent and the Pinots were stylish and graceful, but the 2012’s are on a whole new exciting level, I highly recommend what Poe has to offer in this vintage. The 2012 Manchester Ridge starts with hints of red flowers, including wild roses and spicy elements along with subtle mineral and wood play before giving way to a lively and round palate of black cherry, tangy plum and raspberry fruits with touches of black tea, dry stones and licorice. There is a clear acidity driving the flavors, heightening the focus and very silky mouth filling texture, with air things flow and change adding life and complexity with hints of cedar, cinnamon and truffle notes, plus the glorious finish with strawberry and crisp cranberry, look for a long drinking window on this well put together Pinot too, Drink from 2014-2022.
($42 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive