Stunning value from California's Central Valley
By now, most of you have probably at least heard of McManis. The wines have an extremely devoted following due to their crowd-pleasing style and unparalleled value. The winery has been family owned since the beginning — they’ve been farming in California’s Central Valley since 1938. When we started working with McManis Family Vineyards in early 2002, they had just released their first vintage — fewer than 10 000 cases produced in 2000 from estate and purchased fruit. We were knocked out by the value and the appealing style of their wines. Since then, McManis has taken on a life of its own. With 12 vintages under their belt, demand for the wines is stronger than ever, and the winery has grown to more than 2600 acres of estate vineyards and over 300 000 cases annual production.
Until the late 1990s McManis sold most of their grapes to other wineries. They continue to supply finished or bulk wines and grapes to a number of high profile Napa & Sonoma wineries (current and past clients include Stag's Leap Winery, Liberty School, Hess, Beringer, Niebaum-Coppola, DeLoach, Domaine Chandon, to name a few). This winery-to-winery business remains the largest part of the picture for McManis. However, what’s most thrilling for Ron and Jamie McManis is putting their own name on the labels. They set a high standard for the quality and value of the wines that bear their name. Winemaker Mike Robustelli has been with McManis since the 1999 harvest. Today, the new generation has come to the scene. Tanya and Justin McManis, as well as Tanya's husband Dirk, have joined their parents in the winery and vineyard business, becoming the fifth generation to farm this land. McManis vineyards are Certified Sustainable through the Lodi Rules Program to preserve the quality of the vines for years to come. As the San Francisco Chronile says, McManis makes 'honest, affordable table wines that outperform the competition.'
Petite Sirah is a brooding grape that makes dark, spicy and structured wines. Plantings have gradually increased in California in the last decade and several more single-varietal bottlings have emerged. At McManis the grape benefits from the hotter, dry climate of the San Joaquin Valley to achieve perfect ripeness. This 2012 vintage is easy drinking and typically lush with dark fruit and baking spice notes, not unlike Zinfandel.
The Petite Sirah has easily become our top seller from McManis, surpassing even the Cabernet Sauvignon (now a Vintages Essential product). It’s dangerously easy to drink and is the perfect wine to share with guests, or sip by the fireplace.
Winemaker's Note: Vivid purple in color, with aromas of full toned blackberry and blueberry. Caramel, toffee, and a chocolaty oak profile. The wine is substantial, yet has a rich soft creamy texture. Very elegant and full of ripe black fruit flavours, which are savoured on the lingering mouthwatering finish.
Plenty of baking spice, cedar and campfire aromatics mingle with round, ripe wild berry flavors. Balanced and appealing on the finish. Drink now. — '100 Top Values', Wine Spectator