Pinot Noir, ‘Manchester Ridge’, B. Kosuge
Byron has long admired the wines of the cooler parts of Mendocino County, like the Anderson Valley, for their “lightness” and perfume. They seem to dance across the tongue, especially the Pinot Noirs, without sacrificing richness or body, which to Byron is the definition of great Pinot Noir. The wines from Manchester Ridge are somewhat more sinewy than their counterparts from the Anderson Valley. Incidentally, Manchester Ridge is too far out towards the coast and too high in elevation to be called Anderson Valley, which is why he uses the appellation Mendocino instead.