Tom Eddy 2012 Manchester Ridge

The winery is located four miles northwest of downtown Calistoga at 3870 Highway 128. Tours and tastings are by appointment only. For more information call 942-4267 or visit TomEddyWinery.com.

Some years ago Tom Eddy said he was looking for something other than a Bordeaux varietal, something special, and he wanted to experiment more with pinot noir. Then he found Manchester Ridge Vineyards in the coastal Mendocino Ridge AVA.

The AVA is referred to as “islands in the sky” because all the vineyards are located at 1,200 feet and above – Manchester Ridge sits at 2,000 feet — and the boundaries of the AVA are non-contiguous, seemingly popping up from the ridges.

The climate is cooler than most pinot noir growing regions giving the grapes lots of hang time before it gets picked.

Tom Eddy’s 2012 Manchester Ridge Pinot Noir’s dark ruby-red color leads to aromas of orange peel, baking spices – think snickerdoodle cookies – and cherry. More cherry rolls around in a silky texture and mouthfeel with touches of vanilla, and even a hint of anise mid-palate.

Tom Eddy Winery also produces cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Malbec, petite sirah, petite verdot, orange muscat, and zinfandel port. The winery is located four miles northwest of downtown Calistoga at 3870 Highway 128. Tours and tastings are by appointment only. For more information call 942-4267 or visit TomEddyWinery.com.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor