Today we’re tasting three red wines made by McManis Family Vineyards. All three are sourced from estate vineyards in the Lodi AVA. We received these wines as tasting samples.
The McManis Family farms vineyards in three Lodi sub-AVAs: Borden Ranch, Clements Hills and Jahant. Their vineyard holding also include vineyards in the Clarksburg AVA and the little-known River Junction AVA located at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers. In total they farm 3600 acres of vineyard all certified by LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing. The McManis family has been farming in California for five generations.
The winery, located east of Ripon in the southern part of San Joaquin County, is certified sustainable by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
2019 McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir, Lodi AVA — translucent ruby in the glass with aromas of blackberries, strawberries and alfalfa hay. Flavors follow with berries and cedary spice in a barely medium body. 13.5% abv. $12
Predominantly Pinot Noir with a small amount of Petit Verdot and Teroldego. Aging: six months, French oak.
2019 McManis Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi AVA — dark ruby in the glass with aromas of plums, red currants, cedar spicy and dried grass. Blackberry, cherry and raspberry flavors are backed by baking spices and supported by smooth tannins in a medium body. 13.4% abv. $12
75% Cabernet Sauvignon plus Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. Aging: six months, French oak.
2019 McManis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah, Lodi AVA — dense purple in the glass with aromas of concentrated blueberry, blackberry dusty earth. Flavors of blueberries, tart blackberries and cherries follow with drying tannins in a medium body. 13.5% abv. $12
75% Petite Sirah plus Tannat and Teroldego. Aging: six months, French oak.
These are easy drinking red wines with smooth tannins and relatively low alcohol that should be crowd pleasers. And who can argue with the $12 price tag?